Religious Education Validation

Following the implementation of the new Religious Education Curriculum in 2013, Brisbane Catholic Education requires each school to have a documented Religious Education Program implemented in accordance with the RE Curriculum and approved through an Archdiocesan validation process. In 2014, Our Lady of Fatima School successfully completed this validation process.

The process of validation included engagement with all stake holders including parish, staff, students and parents. It was through this engagement that OLOF had the opportunity to reflect on and identify practices which demonstrated:

  • how they are responsive to the needs and religious backgrounds of their students and contemporary contexts for learning
  • how they align the two dimensions of Religious Education (the classroom learning and teaching of Religion and the religious life of the school) according to the Model for Religious Education
  • how Religious Education is consistent with whole school approaches to high quality learning and teaching across all learning areas
  • how student progress and achievement in Religion are monitored to ensure high expectations for each student
  • how excellence and equity in the Religion classroom are promoted through teaching that is visible, engaging and transformative
  • how Religious Education teachers are appropriately qualified, accredited and working in authentic relationships for quality teaching and learning
  • how they use data to evaluate the impact teaching has on each student’s progress, religious literacy and faith formation.

 Through the validation process, OLOF was commended on all areas of their Religious Education Program, including

  • recognition and celebration of the multi- cultural and multi faith diversity within the school and the use of the religious life of the school being used to promote a happy and safe school for all individuals
  • the curriculum links with other learning areas to ensure that Religious Education permeates all areas of the curriculum.
  • Focus of students as lifelong learners through high quality teaching and learning and Christian values are lived in everyday life
  • Teaching and assessment in the area of Religious Education is student focused and uses a variety of relevant resources to ensure high quality learning such as technology and adjusted learning experiences
  •  the diversity of ways in which information about student learning is provided for parents, and that the parents’ voice is valued as an important contribution to their child’s learning