The Curriculum in Roman Catholic Schools builds on the openness of Catholic Schools to other young people regardless of denominations and faiths.
Learning through religious education enables children and young people to:
- develop their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
- investigate and understand the relevance of the Catholic faith to questions about truth and the meaning of life.
- highlight, develop and foster the values, attitudes and practices which are compatible with a positive response to the invitation to faith.
- develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act in accordance with an informed conscience when making moral decisions.
- nurture the prayer life of the individual and of the school community.
- understand and appreciate significant aspects of other Christian traditions and major world religions.
- make a positive difference to themselves and the world by putting their beliefs and values into action.
In addition to developing their understanding of the Catholic faith, children and young people will also learn respect for, and understanding of, other Christian traditions. They will also come to an appreciation of significant aspects of major world religions, recognising and respecting the sincere search for truth which takes place in other faiths. Where appropriate they will learn similarly about stances for living which are independent of religious belief.
The process of learning in religious education in the Catholic school can be seen as a journey of faith, a quest for personal growth and response within the community of faith.