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Religious Education

Religious Education at St Joseph's is through a Faith Based Inquiry approach.


Inspired by faith, students strive to make a difference in the lives of others and the community by developing communal obligations and aspirations to promote social justice. St Joseph’s school seeks to instil in students, the values and knowledge to act as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. This enables them to confidently question and challenge injustice, affect pro-social change and understand how they as Christians make a difference to society by living the Gospel in their daily lives.


Key concepts and themes are mapped out over a two year cycle with one theme per term across all learning levels. During the two year cycle, the following areas of the curriculum are covered; The Humanities (Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business). Science and The Capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural, Personal and Social)

St Joseph’s through the Horizons of Hope Framework

  • Honour sacred dignity of each person 

  • Embrace difference and diversity 

  • Honour equitable access and opportunity for all 

  • Builds a culture of learning together

  • Make a difference in the world 


The Religious Education Curriculum

The framework supports the full flourishing of all learners as spiritual and religious, physical and cognitive, social and emotional beings through Religious Education. It proposes a learning structure comprised of: three strands of learning; five content areas; and the learning progression including achievement standards.

The three strands are: 

  1. Knowledge and Understanding, i.e. seeking truth 

  2. Reasoning and Responding, i.e. making meaning 

  3. Personal and Communal Engagement, i.e. living story. 


These three strands offer lenses through which the learning descriptors and achievement standards are presented. 

The five content areas work together to build a network of understanding of the Catholic Church and its traditions and have their origins in the To Know, Worship and Love student texts: 

  • Scripture and Jesus 

  • Church and Community 

  • God, Religion and Life 

  • Sacrament, Prayer and Liturgy 

  • Morality and Justice. 

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