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)
Coordinators include subject coordinators, year coordinators and primary school coordinators remunerated as coordinators. It also includes certain designated Catholic Schools Office senior staff and Education Officers. Coordinators are required to complete initial and ongoing mission formation programs in addition to the qualifications and competencies pertinent to their professional role.
If a Coordinator is accredited as a teacher of Religious Education
From the beginning of 2017, newly appointed Coordinators who have gained or who are in the process of gaining the qualifications required to teach Religious Education will be accredited as Coordinators. These Coordinators do not need to apply for Mission Accreditation.
By maintaining the currency requirements expected of permanent teachers (equivalent of 5 days every five years)and of teachers of Religious Education (equivalent of additional 3 days every five years), Coordinators accredited to teach Religious Education are not required to undertake further mission formation programs. They are encouraged to keep a log of relevant professional learning and formation as a teacher of Religious Education.
If a Coordinator is not accredited as a teacher of Religious Education
From the beginning of 2017, newly appointed Coordinators who have not gained or who are not in the process of gaining the qualifications needed to teach Religious Education have been required to participate in the equivalent of a four-day program of mission formation over a four year period. Two-day mission formation programs specifically designed for experienced teachers and coordinators are offered by the Catholic Schools Office. Click here for further information.
When these Coordinators have completed the equivalent of four days of professional learning and formation specifically related to the Catholic faith, Catholic education and/or Catholic leadership, they should apply online for Mission Accreditation. Click here to apply.
In addition to maintaining the currency requirements expected of permanent teachers, coordinators not accredited as teachers of Religious Education are required to participate in the equivalent of a further three days of mission formation every five years. Click here for a regularly updated calendar of short courses, programs, conferences and events.
These Coordinators are encouraged to keep a log of relevant professional learning and formation activities specifically related to the Catholic faith, Catholic education and/or Catholic leadership. Mission Accreditation logs can be used to record and validate your participation in the professional learning and mission formation opportunities.