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Year 7 & 8 Church Strand Teaser!

We have completed thirteen video's for our Church Strand Project with Jason McTeague. Here is a Year Seven Lesson.........

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What are they doing at the Catholic Education Office???

Today is Friday so let's find out what they are doing at the Catholic Education Office.........

Canterbury Religious Studies Network - Update

'Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they shall not turn from it.'
The Canterbury Religious Studies Network is a group of teachers who come together to share and discuss our teaching of Religious Studies. We currently have four faith schools involved and we are looking for more members/ schools to join us!

This is open to Primary and Secondary teachers/ schools who are interested in asking questions, seeking advice and sharing resources. Coming together as a Network allows us to form connections with others who are working on similar projects or those who are able to develop our thinking.

We have just launched our website which will provide you with details around our vision and areas of development. Click here to view our website!

To sign up and join our Network please fill in the Form below:

A key feature of our Network is the focus on 'Collective Genius'. Each individual has particular skills and knowledge. When indivi…

What has been happening in the Office?

I hope you have had a fantastic start to the year and know you will be well underway getting to know your classes and completing school events.
We were thrilled to work with two school cluster groups on RE 102 - Introduction to Spirituality and TH 101 - Introduction to Catholicism through our blended learning approach which covers 9 hours on line learning and 9 hours face to face time. This has been a significant shift in the delivery of Religious Education professional development and we are continuing to reflect on how we use the individual, group and on line spaces.

You can explore the Moodle site through this video here and if you would like to know more about Blended Learning approaches please comment on this post. 
We are looking forward to travelling around the Diocese and celebrating Catholic Schools Day Mass with you. This is an important time where we are able to come together and celebrate our Catholic faith and Education system. Be sure to take plenty of photos and please…

Online for lent - A daily retreat

Father John O'Connor has created a daily online retreat for Lent that will provide excellent spiritual nourishment for all of us. 

Consider Lent 2017 (Ash Wednesday 1st March - Easter Sunday 16th March) as a time of retreat in the midst of your daily routines and commitments with online encouragement for prayer and growth in faith.

Every day of Lent will offer resources including reflections, brief videos clips and podcasts with links to other helpful resources for your prayer, reflection and growth in faith.
These online resources have been linked to the CARITAS Units you will be using in your schools during Lent and also he will incorporate aspects of the Spiritual Renewal Programme that Father Rick is suggesting we implement.
Registering for this online retreat takes less than a minute and you will receive an email that is succinct, to the point, prayerful and will be a great way to start your day.
You can connect with this programme and Father John via Twitter and

Senior School - Methods on Scripture Interpretation

Pope Francis:
“I would like so much for all Christians to be able to comprehend ‘the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ’ through the diligent reading of the Word of God, for the sacred text is the nourishment of the soul and the pure and perennial source of the spiritual life of all of us.”

The Sacred Scriptures are fundamental to our Catholic faith and reading God’s word actively brings us toward a greater relationship with God. Presenting this to our students can at times be challenging and it is important that we have a sound understanding of Scripture.  
In this post you will be presented with two methods of Scripture interpretation that you can use with your students as they grow and develop in their understanding of God's Word. 

1. The KITE Method
The first method of interpretation we will explore is the KITE Method developed by Barbara Stead. Stead outlined five principles which are central to helping students develop a strong understanding of Scripture both in a 'kno…

Four benefits and an opportunity in the Flipped Classroom approach

It has been over eighteen months since I attended a workshop and introduced to the Flipped Classroom. The presenter discussed the ability of her Mathematics students to stop, pause and rewind her teaching around a particular concept. We watched a short video of her class in action -  the students were engaged, active and mentoring one another by practicing the content the teacher had presented in class time. The concept of watching video content to learn or understand something was not foreign to me. Just a week earlier I had taught myself how to reconnect the tie cord on my lawn mower after it had fallen off! I left the presentation reflecting on the benefits of this shift in teaching time and space and how I could get it underway with two classes as a trial. I was also aware that this would not be a miracle panacea for my teaching and also decided to delve deeper into this pedagogy by completing research into Flipped Learning through the University of Canterbury.…