Through the experience of a Catholic Education children develop a deep relationship with Christ and an understanding of his unconditional love for humanity.
From the first moment a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics. The inspiration of Jesus must be translated from the ideal into the real. The Gospel spirit should be evident in a Christian way of thought and life which permeates all facets of the educational climate
(Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, 1988, n.25).
Mother of Good Counsel School follows the Religious Education Curriculum and Religious Life of the School Guidelines as developed by the Brisbane Archdiocese and adopted by the Cairns Diocese. These documents comprise two distinct yet complementary processes, teaching students religion and teaching students to be religious in the particular way of the Catholic Church.
Within that Mother of Good Counsel School aims to:
- follow a planned sequential program of formal Religious Education comprising two and a half hours of teaching and learning a week
- provide opportunities to celebrate as a community through Masses and Liturgies
- provide opportunities for daily prayer in a variety of forms including formal and informal prayer
- focus on Christian Meditation as mindful prayer to support the spiritual development of the child and enhance wellbeing
- provide liturgical music that is uplifting and truly joyous as an integral feature of the Religious Education program
- create opportunities for students to live out Gospel values through involvement in, and support of Catholic social teachings
- enable children to find meaning in life and learning through exploring the person and teachings of Jesus
- encourage life-long learning, with a desire to search for truth and to do what is right through accountable choices and responsible actions.