Children hearing Christian Story in classroom, not home or church
Many students in Catholic schools will hear the Christian story for the first time in a classroom, and not in a church or in the home, according to Gerard Sullivan, head of religious education, Catholic Schools Office, Newcastle.
With this in mind, the Maitland-Newcastle diocese recently launched its new religion education syllabus, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for Catholic school students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
It is the result of a major project involving many teachers, religious education co-ordinators and principals over several years.
Mr Sullivan told the Catholic Weekly that it attempts to tell the story of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church using language that today's young people will understand.
"Many students will be hearing the Christian story for the first time, not in a church or at home, but in a classroom," he said.
"The new syllabus therefore has as its fundamental aim to enhance or promote knowledge and understanding of the Catholic community; its story, experiences and teachings.
Catholic Schools Office, Maitland-Newcastle | The K-12 Religion Syllabus
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle | New K-12 Religion Syllabus for Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Schools
12 Jun 2003