Religious Education in the contemporary Catholic School comprises two distinct but complementary dimensions – teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious.In a school, teaching religion occurs in a structured learning environment, such as a religion class in a classroom.Separate from this, but overlapping is teaching people to be religious which is focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students.The four components in the Religious Life of a school are: Religious Identity and Culture, Evangelisation and Faith Formation, Prayer and Worship, and Social Action and Justice.
Adapted fromReligious Education, Guidelines for the Religious Life of the School
Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane 2008.
Our Charism of St Michael
St Michael’s was one of few archdiocesan schools of that time to be established with a totally lay staff. Historically, Religious Orders of priests, nuns or brothers established most schools in the Brisbane Archdiocese up to that time. Religious Orders brought with them a charism, that underpinned the life of a school or other organisation, particularly, the Religious Life of a School. Religious Order schools were also typically single gender schools. The decision was made to use the name of an angel (who have gender) to better encompass students of both genders and St Michael, the Archangel was chosen.
In 2010, a charism committee was formed to discern and embed our charism of St Michael, which reflects the school’s special gifts, particular spirit and focused identity. The College used a process for discerning our charism based on a paper entitled “What’s a charism and where does my school get one?" delivered by Professor Timothy J Cook Crieghton University, Omaha Nebraska, USA at the 2010 Australia Catholic University Conference in Sydney.During 2010, the committee met regularly, consulted with the school community and identified that the Charism of St Michael’s College should be built around St Michael, patron saint of the College. Six pillars, Respect, Integrity, Protection, Dedication, Justice and Courage provide the framework for our charism of St Michael.
PillarsThe six Pillars of the Charism of St Michael's are:
Providing a safe environment for all
- Building healthy relationships and friendships
- Include everyone
- Care for one another and our environment
- Defend and support the weak, the strong , the marginalised and those in need.
Appreciate the dignity of all
- Recognise the worth and uniqueness of each individual
- Speak and listen to one another with courtesy and politeness
- Hold deep respect for intellectual values
- Honour and uphold te code of behaviour of St Michael's College
Commit to faith, self and community
- Grow in our knowledge of Jesus
- Acknowledge our own giftedness and limitations
- Work hard to achieve academic/sporting/vocational/cultural excellence
- Serve each other and the community.
Stand up for what is right
- Face the world with faith not fear
- Stand strong against what is wrong
- Challenge ourselves to be better people
- Persevere when faced with difficulty.
Be a person of good character and reputation
- Be honest in all our interactions
- Be trustworthy, reliable and dependable
- Be life giving in our thoughts, words and actions
- Be a champion of Gold like St Michael.
Be fair to all
- Speak out about injustice
- Prevent harm
- Restore right relationships
- Uphold the principles of social justice.
Inspired by St Michael, patron saint of our College,
we ask you our loving God, through your son Jesus,
to send your Holy Spirit to guide all members of the St Michael’s College community,
as we journey in learning and friendship.
Help us to be people of courage; to stand up for what is right;
Grant us the gift of integrity; to be persons of good character and reputation.
Fill us with respect; so that in our community we appreciate the dignity of all.
Teach us to be people of justice; to be fair to all.
Inspire us to be people of dedication; to commit to faith, self and community.
Empower us to be protectors; providing a safe environment for all.
St Michael, Respectful defender of Justice, (all) pray for us.
St Michael, Dedicated Protector of God’s people, (all) pray for all.
St Michael, (all) pray for us.