Catholic Faith, Life and Culture
The Executive Directive – Catholic Faith, Life and Culture outlines how Catholic Education Western Australia Ltd (CEWA) expresses and gives witness to its Catholic Identity by clearly expressing the integration of faith, life and culture in all its decision making, policies, directives, processes and programs.
Sources of authority
- Catholic Education Commission Western Australia Catholic Policy – Effective February 2021
- CEWA promotes the Christian vision of the human person in all areas of its life, curriculum and service to others.
- CEWA recognises the family as each child’s most influential educator and actively partners with parents, encouraging open communication and supportive learning environments.
- CEWA understands relationships with families are established and built on faith and mutual respect, encouraging participation in the mission and life of the Church.
- CEWA cooperates with the Bishops of Western Australia in fostering the Catholic Identity of the system, recognising its role in ensuring Catholic education continues the mission of the Church.
- CEWA provides intentional, ongoing and reflective directives for faith formation that are Christ-centred and focus on the growth of the members of the school community.
- CEWA builds communities where their Catholic religious identity and culture promote deeper faith relationships with God, Church, self, others and creation.
- CEWA provides essential, systematic, intentional catechesis experiences of Christian service in order to put the social teaching of the Church into action.
- CEWA recognises prayer and the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation as central parts of life.
- CEWA endorses retreat experiences that offer the opportunity to spend time away to reflect on a relationship with God.
- The Catholic Education Office provides guidance and services to school principals as leaders of Catholic Identity
- On appointment to the school, the principal and school leadership team must participate in the evangelisation planning workshop to develop evangelisation plans which clearly outline achievable outcomes that are evaluated and reviewed through both formal and informal processes.
- CEWA Executive must develop an evangelisation plan through the Catholic Education Office Evangelisation Committee which clearly outlines achievable outcomes which are evaluated and reviewed through both formal and informal processes.
- The principal must provide a comprehensive Catholic curriculum which fosters a love for wisdom and truth while integrating faith, culture and life.
- The principal and CEWA Executive must provide opportunities for staff to know, experience and spend time with Jesus through prayer and liturgical experiences; the celebration of sacraments; faith formation and social justice activities and as part of planned retreats and other activities of catechesis.
- The principal and CEWA Executive must promote the sacramental and religious nature of the school and offices through physical and visible signs of Catholic culture with appropriate images, symbols, icons and other objects of traditional devotion.
- The principal and CEWA Executive must maintain the Catholic Identity of the system by accessing specific staff and leadership formation programs, which are approved by the diocesan Bishop, including the requirements of Accreditation.
- The principal and CEWA Executive should, as far as possible and in accordance with the Executive Directive – Employment, employ staff who are practising Catholics; have a clear understanding and commitment to the Catholic ethos; and are witnesses to the Gospel.
- The principal, with the support of the Catholic Education Office, must ensure that the school operates in partnership with parishes and priests, providing resources and personnel to support diocesan and parish-based celebrations wherever possible.
- The principal must ensure their staff include activities of catechesis for the effective evangelisation of students. At least 60 minutes per week of these experiences must be averaged over the particular year level’s academic year.
- The principal must follow the guidelines for Christian Service in Catholic Schools and implement them through the Christian Service Learning Framework for Catholic Schools.
- The principal must ensure the Procedures for Retreats in Catholic Schools are followed when creating retreat opportunities for staff and students to reflect on their relationship with God.