The schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educateand 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:
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.
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 the 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The distinctive 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.