Our Lady’s College shares and promotes the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education and the wider church. This vision includes the two dimensions of formation – namely of students’ religious literacy and their personal faith:
Our Lady’s College aspires 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.
The Vision for Religious Education challenges students to be a religious voice in the world. The Vision gives greater prominence and a renewed orientation to the critical interpretation and evaluation of culture. Through vibrant and engaging Religious education, students become active constructors of culture rather than passive consumers. Religious Education at Our Lady’s seeks to develop the religious literacy of students in light of the Catholic Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in contemporary culture.
At this College, religious literacy includes ways of talking, acting, creating, communicating, critiquing, evaluating, participating, ritualizing, theologizing, worshipping, reading, reflecting, and writing with others in a variety of religious and secular contexts. Examination of the sample units of work attached, for example, will reveal how, in all units of work teachers and students work to integrate the two dimensions of Religious Education (the classroom teaching and learning of Religion and the Religious life of the school), so that religious literacy and faith formation can complement each other as students seek to find meaning in their place and time. The integration of both dimensions in the daily life of the school includes prayer in every classroom to start the day and the timetabling of the mandatory hours of classroom based engagement with the religion curriculum at the College.