Religious Education Curriculum

The Visio​n for ​Religious Education


The schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educate
and form students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and
who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they
might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.

(Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane, 2013, p. 10)


St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School, Holland Park, is a Christ centred Catholic community of faith which develops our children to their full potential for the greater glory of God. St Joachim’s shares and promotes the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education and the wider church. Our Catholic life and culture is clearly communicated in our school Vision and Mission statements and in our Vision for Learning and Teaching. School policies and procedures are developed and reviewed in light of our school Vision and Mission, and influenced by our charism.  L earning and teaching of Religious Education at St Joachim’s is inclusive, supportive, collaborative, respectful, purposeful and meaningful. Our patron saints:  Mary, Mother of Jesus, St Joseph, St Joachim & St Ann and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop provide the keystones of our tradition.   Inspired by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, we aspire to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives by:

  • Welcoming, valuing and celebrating diversity,
  • Providing a safe and nurturing learning environment, based on gospel values of love, respect and compassion, and
  • Reaching out to those in need.

Model for Re​​ligious Education

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Religious Education at St Joachim’s School is organised around the Model for Religious Education (Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane, 2013, p. 11). This model illustrates the distinct and complementary roles of the classroom teaching of the learning area Religion and the Religious Life of St Joachim’s School (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988, para. 70; Moran, 2007).

The school Religion program draws its content from the Religion Curriculum P-12 (Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane, 2013, pp. 20 – 180) and is organised at St Joachim’s School through the Whole School Scope and Sequence, Year Level Overviews and Unit Plans. These documents identify content that connects with the 4 components of the Religious Life of St Joachim’s School authentically and appropriately. They also identify where and how the mandated scriptural texts and explicit teaching about prayer are addressed.

Please find the links to the Year Level Description documents below.

Prep   Year 1​ Year 2​​​ ​Year 3 ​Year 4 ​Year 5 ​Year 6


Religion Curriculum P-12

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A Catholic View abo​ut Learning and Teaching

The BCE Learning and Teaching Framework (2012) explains some key messages that are foundational to how the Religion Curriculum P-12 is intended to be implemented at St Joachim’s School. The St Joachim’s School Vision for Learning and Teaching (2012) illustrates t​he values, beliefs and practices held in common by the St Joachim’s School staff.


A Catholic theology and philosophy of curriculum underpin the thinking behind our St Joachim’s School Vision for Learning and Teaching and our Religion Program. This Catholic theology and philosophy are characterised by the four core themes of Anthropology, Epistemology, Cosmology, and the Catholic Christian Tradition. Each section of the St Joachim’s School Vision for Learning and Teaching (Inclusive, Supportive, Collaborative, Respectful, Purposeful and Meaningful) relates to these four core themes.


A Catholic Anthropology: How do we see the human person at St Joachim’s?

St Joachim’s is a Christ-centred Catholic community.   We recognise that each person is created in the image of God and everything we do is, For the Greater Glory of God.   We value and celebrate diversity and enrich our world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives.

A Catholic Epistemology: What do we believe about knowledge at St Joachim’s?

At St Joachim’s we believe in providing opportunities for real-life and life-like learning, based on the Catholic perspective. As a Christ-centred Catholic community, we are called to live what we know, day to day. We see ‘knowing’ as a search for understanding by the whole person; that learning is life-long and life-wide and requires time for reflective, self-directed learning to be internalised. We believe that knowing leads to wisdom.

A Catholic Understanding of Cosmology – How do we understand ‘Our Place in Space’?

At St Joachim’s we believe we are stewards of creation and as such, we are charged with cultivating and caring for creation. We are sacramental people who experience God’s presence in our everyday world. We experience God as central to everything we say and do in our world – there is no separation between the secular and ‘religious’ learning areas of the curriculum.

The Catholic Christian Story and Tradition

At St Joachim’s we continue Jesus’ example as a teacher through the BCE vision to Teach, Challenge and Transform. We bear witness everyday through the living of our school vision and mission which seeks to develop an inclusive, accepting and nurturing environment that promotes reconciliation and social justice, and to develop in our students, skills for life-long learning that prepare and inspire our children for the future. (St Joachim’s Vision & Mission Statements, 2011)

Our school patron saints: Mary, the Mother of Jesus, St Joseph, St Joachim & St Ann and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and their identified charisms provide a lens through which our students learn, share and develop the Catholic Christian story and tradition.

Religious Life of th​e S​​chool

The dis​tinctive nature of the religious life of St Joachim’s is organised through our regular practices such as:​

The Religious Life of the School Scope and sequence can be viewed here.

Religious Identity and Culture

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  • ​Our school rules, learning dispositions and class covenants, which are designed to guide relationships based on the teachings and actions of Jesus and the rich heritage of the tradition of the Sisters of St Joseph who started our school in 1938;
  • Explicit links through our school prayer and song clearly communicate our beliefs, values and link to Mary, St Joachim & St Ann, St Joseph and Mary MacKillop ;
  • Our school sporting houses are named after our first Parish Priest (Father Tom Dowling ), School Principal (Sister Imelda Hyland ) and the co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph, (Father Julian Tenison -Woods);
  • The creation of sacred spaces such as the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop prayer garden and iconography, naming of buildings (Penola Place), the installation of the original cross and school foundation stone at the front of the school entrance, and the plan for a new prayer walk at the front of our school grounds linking the school to the parish church;
  • Whole school participation in Well-Being Week, each term;
  • Acknowledgement of country at each assembly and liturgical celebration, re-establishment of indigenous garden.

Prayer & Worship

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  • ​​Our whole school meditative prayer time, weekly Prayer of the Church, participation in parish masses and Feast Day celebrations which allow students to reflect on, celebrate and share our school’s unique Catholic Christian identity;
  • Opportunities for families to participate in masses and liturgies, linked to the teaching of religion and to the religious life of the school- Year of Mercy, Year of Grace, Catholic, Education Week, Mothers’ Day, Refugee Week;   
  • Weekly staff prayer and prayer prior to the commencement of meetings, professional learning days and twilights, P & F and Board meetings;

Evangelisation an​d Faith Formation

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  • ​Staff formation through the BCE Catching Fire Programs and participation in whole staff spirituality days;
  • The recognition of parents as the first educators of their children in the faith and our support of these students and their families in parish sacramental programs;
  • Working closely with Father Joseph and parish staff, as part of the wider Holland Park Mt Gravatt Parish, to support and participate in parish celebrations such as World Day of Prayer, pastoral visits from the Bishop and significant anniversaries (75th and 80th year celebrations);
  • Information and explanation of scripture, liturgical feast days, sacramental programs and catholic identity via Principal and APRE news in the school newsletter, our school website and calendar and class newsletters;

Social Acti​on and Justice

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  • ​Encouraging students to instigate responses to social justice and global issues raised as a result of their studies;
  • Year 6 student leader formation through retreat days, leadership camp and other initiatives such as our environmental garden, visits to community agencies;
  • Implementing our fundraising priorities which gives preference to supporting Catholic social justice agencies (St Vincent de Paul, Caritas, Catholic Missions);
  • Our community connection to Orange Sky Laundry, Micah Projects and Brisbane Common Ground, including a parent group providing regular hair and beauty treatments, growing vegetables for the community centre dinner, participation in the Moonlight Magic Ball and our 2014 Sleepover.
  • Participating in community events such as ANZAC Day, Harmony Week, Anti-Bullying Day Reconciliation/NAIDOC week and Daniel Morcombe Day which link to our Catholic beliefs and values and the charism of St Joachim’s school.​​​​