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Religious Education Curriculum

The Religious Education Curriculum is a joint collaboration between the Dioceses of Wollongong, Armidale and Lismore and the Archdiocese of Sydney. It contributes to the catechetical and evangelising mission of the Church and exists to enable young people to understand, appreciate and celebrate the richness of the Catholic Tradition. The Religious Education curriculum enables young people to see and respond to God in their lives supporting them in their lifelong journey in faith.

The Religious Education curriculum stimulates and challenges students in their understanding of Scripture and Tradition, their engagement with symbol and ritual, and their ability to engage in critical thinking and moral reasoning.

The richness of the tradition of Catholic faith and culture and the best of contemporary pedagogies come together in the Religious Education curriculum which is supported by the To Know, Worship and Love books and resources.

 The Religious Education Curriculum through the seasons of the Liturgical Year,
aims to assist students to Reflect upon, Make sense of, Celebrate, Live more deeply.
The mystery of Christ revealed in each person, And in relationship with others, The Church, and Creation.

The Emmaus story (Luke 24:13-35) is central to the Religious Education Curriculum. In the story four movements can be discerned. These movements are part of a dynamic process, which assists students to make sense of their experience in the light of revelation.

The Religious Education Curriculum is organised under the interrelated content strands:




Scripture and Jesus

Liturgy Year

Church and Community


God, Religion and Life


Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments


Morality and Justice

The Curriculum can be accessed by visiting the Catholic Education Office, Sydney website (www.ceosyd.catholic.edu.au/Parents/Religion/RE/Pages/Home.aspx)

Religious Literacy Assessment

The Religious Literacy Assessment Program is part of the Partners in Learning initiative begun in 2000 between the Australian Catholic University and CEO Wollongong. Its goal is a practical assessment and reporting system at a diocesan level that contributes to gathering information about the process of learning in Religious Education. Its aim is to document and report on students’ learning in RE and be able to tell that story on a continuing basis. The Religious Literacy assessment is placed in Year 4, Stage 2 in Primary and in Year 8, Stage 4 in Secondary.