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Mater Dei Catholic College is first and foremost a Catholic school where education in the faith is given a privileged place. We want to build an environment that nurtures and strengthens our students as they are transformed into better and more compassionate people. Religious Education has an integral place in this overall goal. Education in faith includes religious instruction, engendering a sense of the sacred, building a Christian community and inviting young people to care with the heart of Jesus Christ.
In striving to meet these goals the school offers a Religious Education curriculum in Years 7-12 that brings into dialogue faith and life which is in keeping with the requirements of the Diocesan RE guidelines, “Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Adults.” The College also provides opportunities for the celebration of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. We also actively engage in a host of creative and prayerful liturgies that help students further understand and celebrate their faith. Furthermore, retreat experiences and community service opportunities are an essential way of life for students at the College.
In preparing students for the Church of the future, students are encouraged to embrace opportunities to be leaders in prayer and community service activities. Together with the staff, they build up an ethos and a way of acting that is characterised by an ever-present family spirit. This spirit values and respects each student as a unique individual, but also encourages her or him to find their true self in the community of the school and in the wider community of the Church, through openness and sharing.
Our hope is when students leave Mater Dei they see themselves leaving a nurturing community and they are:
• Founded in Catholic faith, justice and love;
• Are open and inclusive of others;
• Are lifelong learners;
• And constantly seek excellence and wisdom.
Furthermore, students leaving Mater Dei will have the values, knowledge and skills necessary to undertake lifelong personal, spiritual intellectual growth, and the motivation to strive for excellence by pursing their interests and abilities.
Catholic schools in the Wagga Wagga Diocese share a focus on six essential learning and teaching practices of meaningful learning, inquiry, collaboration, communication, self-responsibility and human development. These practices are detailed in the document, Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Adults: Principles and Practices for Learning and Teaching in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga (2000).
The key goal outlined in this document is the provision of an education which allows our students to:
• grow and develop as whole human beings
• live Christian, Gospel-based values
• maximise their talents to achieve their per¬sonal best
• become responsible, contributing mem¬bers of society
• play an active part in shaping a better world for all.
This education will help young people grow into adults who are caring, principled, reflective, collaborative, spiritual, adaptable, knowledgeable and healthy. It will assist them to be communicators, global citizens, inquirers and thinkers.
An overriding exit outcome for Mater Dei Catholic College is that students are clearly on the journey to becoming the adults they will need to be in the 21st Century.