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  • The Role of the Teacher and Leader

    Every person in a Catholic learning community – parents, leaders, teachers and students – is already deeply connected to others and to God by their very nature of being made in the image and likeness of God. This belief forms a strong basis for the relationships that are at the heart of all learning.

    All who work in the Catholic school, as members of a learning community enlivened by the Gospel and the person of Jesus Christ, share in the responsibility for the religious dimension of school life. Teachers and leaders intentionally build a community of learners, bringing five vital components of their role to bear as:

    • Witnesses: living with integrity, presenting the Catholic Tradition in the context of a faith community as a lived and attractive option, with a humble and supportive attitude.
    • Moderators: bringing students’ issues, diverse experiences and thinking into dialogue with the Catholic tradition
    • Specialists: offering deep knowledge of matters concerning Christianity, Catholicism, and other religious and philosophical traditions
    • Co-inquirers: modelling an inquiry disposition, truth-seeking and passion for transformative learning
    • Designers of learning: planning and implementing clear, differentiated and engaging learning paths with, and for, students that progress their learning in Religious Education in line with the achievement standards.

     The role of the teacher and the leader - RE 

    Teachers and leaders participate in the learning community first and foremost as witnesses, sharing something of themselves and their faith with those they encounter.

    Above all the Gospel must be proclaimed by witness… Through this wordless witness these Christians stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how they live: Why are they like this? Why do they live in this way? What or who is it that inspires them? Why are they in our midst? Such a witness is already a silent proclamation of the Good News and a very powerful and effective one.
    (Evangelii Nuntiandi n.21)

    Link to the Religious Education Curriculum Framework.