Catholic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay exist to educate and form students in Catholic discipleship. The ongoing evangelisation and Catholic formation of leaders and staff of Catholic schools holds a central place in the fulfilment of this purpose. As the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education states:
For the Catholic educator, religious formation … must be a part of and a complement to one’s professional formation, and … be proportionate … religious formation must be oriented toward both personal holiness and apostolic mission… two inseparable elements in a Christian vocation. “Formation for apostolic mission means a certain human and well-rounded formation, adapted to the natural abilities and circumstances of each person” and requires “in addition to spiritual formation, … solid doctrinal instruction … in theology, ethics and philosophy”. Nor can we forget, in the case of an educator, adequate formation in the social teachings of the Church, which are ” an integral part of the Christian concept of life “,(49) and help to keep intensely alive the kind of social sensitivity that is needed.(50)
(Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, 65)
Newly appointed teachers, who have not worked in a Catholic school before, are required to complete the equivalent of a two-day mission formation program within their first two years of appointment. This requirement recognises the need for an induction and formation program that supports Early Career Teachers as it develops their confidence and capacity to contribute to the distinctive Catholic life and mission of our schools.
What do I need to do to be Mission Accredited?
Every new staff member will experience appropriate orientation and induction into the life and mission of their new school as a Catholic school and workplace within the Diocese of Broken Bay. This will happen both formally and informally. You are encouraged to find out as much as you can about what makes your school distinctively Catholic and what that means for you.
Within your first two years of appointment, you need to register to participate in a two day program facilitated by the Catholic Schools Office. Click here for information.
In the meantime you can learn more about the Diocese of Broken Bay and its Catholic schools
Mission Accreditation Renewal
All teachers are required to maintain the currency of their Mission Accreditation through the completion of five days of spiritual/mission formation every five years. This would normally be through participation in their school’s annual staff spiritual/mission formation days
As part of the process of Tier 1 School Review, teachers’ Mission Accreditation will be renewed on the basis of evidence demonstrating that teachers have participated in annual staff spirituality/mission formation days. Evidence provided by the school may include outlines and sign on sheets for staff spirituality/mission formation days.
There is no need for teachers to maintain records of their participation in annual staff spirituality/mission formation days.