RE ATAR Unit 3: how social factors impact on how people interact with religion


St Bernard of Clairvaux captured the essence of our educative mission:

Some seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity; others seek knowledge that they may themselves be known: that is vanity; but there are still others who seek knowledge in order to serve and edify others, and that is charity.

The Role of the Church in Education

At Catholic Education Western Australia, we strive to empower our diverse and vibrant community of 162 schools to make a positive impact on every student and to bring our vision for learning to life.


Religion & Education

What is Catholic Schooling?

Catholic schooling is the meeting place of culture and the gospel. The school constructs a critical dialogue between culture and the gospel. The lives of staff, students and families explore the world in which they live in the light of the gospel. Our life can be based upon reason and faith. Catholic schooling provides a “light to the world”.

Social Impact of Religious Education


"Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. It enables pupils to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life."

Religious Education is an essential component of a broad and balanced education.

Religious Education is concerned with the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meanings of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to one's own experiences.