Religious Dimension of Trinity Catholic College

The Religious Dimension of Education at Trinity Catholic College is an expression of the College’s Mission Statement[1]. Only by becoming a Catholic education community, does the College live up to its mission statement.

The Religious Dimension of Education at Trinity Catholic College attempts to describe the religious foundation for the living out, the witnessing, and the manifestation of our Catholic identity in all our endeavours.

The Religious Dimension of Education at Trinity Catholic College:

• outlines characteristics of Catholic identity

• links components of Catholic identity to Catholic education

• provides indicators that reflect the meaning and expression of Catholic education

• issues call to action.

What is Catholic Education?

“The Catholic school forms part of the saving mission of the Church.”[2]

“The Catholic school is committed to the development of the whole person, since in Christ, the perfect human being, all human values find their fulfilment and unity. Herein lies the specifically Catholic character of the school. Its duty to cultivate human values in their own legitimate right in accordance with its particular mission to serve all people has its origin in the figure of Christ.”[3]

Trinity Catholic College seeks to create a learning environment that reflects the identity and character of the Catholic Church. The College strives to create a learning environment that expresses the uniqueness of the Catholic experience. Because the task of the Catholic school is “fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith, and a synthesis of faith and life,” it is the task of Trinity Catholic College to apply the Catholic character of the local community to local school situations.

Community

The fundamental task of Catholic schools is the integration of faith and culture and the integration of faith and life. The task is reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge and in the growth of the virtues characteristic of Christians. Through this integration, the Catholic School models the kind of community that forms students to be citizens who care for the common good and people of faith committed to the reign of God in the world.

Students, parents and staff at Trinity Catholic College are encouraged to engage with the wider community through the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion and St. Vincent de Paul Winter Blanket Appeals. As is the case in most Catholic Schools throughout Australia, we also collect items for the end of year St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeals.

Tradition

The fundamental source of human knowing is an encounter with the world and its history through experience. The guiding intent for the curriculum is to educate people to become fully alive and free human beings. In a Catholic context, this source and this guiding intent both point to the experience of the community, an experience where Jesus Christ is encountered and the values of the Reign of God direct human action and being. Simply put, we learn through life. Catholic Education brings a focus to learning to discover, evaluate, interpret the human experience, which is always in transition, in ways that enhance and deepen appreciation for the gift of creation and provide insight into how learning can lead to fullness and freedom for all people.

Humanness

In partnership with the family and with the entire community, the Catholic school has a value and importance that are fundamental to the integral human formation of children. In virtue of its mission, the Catholic school constantly and carefully attends to the cultivation in children of the intellectual, creative and aesthetic gifts of the human person. Catholic schools foster in children an appreciation of their God-given dignity; the ability to make correct use of their judgement, will and affectivity; promote in them a sense of values; encourage just attitudes and prudent behaviour; introduce to them the cultural heritage handed down from past generations; prepare them for professional life; and encourage the friendly interchange of diverse cultures and backgrounds that will lead to mutual understanding. In short, Catholic schools contribute to integral human formation. Catholic schools strive to form strong and responsible persons who are capable of making free and correct choices and are able to form in themselves a clear idea of the meaning of life.

Sacramentality

A sacramental outlook invites Catholic educators to develop and nurture their own sacramental consciousness. When Catholic educators live their own lives in appreciation of the goodness of creation and as meaningful and worthwhile, their attitude permeates their interactions in the educational milieu and will encourage a similar outlook in others. The ideal of a Catholic school is to educate its members into a world that is sacred and holy because it is God’s creation. Appreciation for God’s gift finds expression in the attitudes and actions of a school community through liturgy and stewardship. School policies and practices include reverence for the sacredness of created things through environmentally respectful actions that regard creation as the Lord’s and for the enhancement of the life of all people.


[1]Trinity Catholic College Mission Statement: We are committed to the formation of confident, competent, Catholic young men and women of conscience.

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