Participants engaging in a creative session during the faith formation programme conducted by the Brisbane Catholic Education Office.
Thought-provoking and rejuvenating.
This was how educators from Catholic schools, who attended a recent faith formation programme conducted by the Brisbane Catholic Education Office (BCE), described their experience.
Forty-five supervisors, principals, vice-principals and Religious Education (RE) coordinators of primary and secondary Catholic schools attended the programme held at Catholic Junior College.
This was the first time that senior education officers from BCE, working in partnership with the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), conducted such a programme here.
Participants came together on Aug 26-27 to engage in scriptural study, rituals, prayer, group
discussions and personal reflection.
One highlight of the programme was the washing of each other’s hands as an expression of thanks to God for being able to serve Him. In this way, the educators expressed their commitment to their vocation in teaching.
Brisbane educators at the St Francis of Assisi Kindergarten.
During the group discussions, participants shared and learnt from one another’s experiences.
Many felt that Catholic school leaders needed such a faith formation programme.
“I’m thankful for this formation,” said Jesuit Fr Adrian Danker, principal of St Joseph’s Institution. “As school leaders we need to be formed, again and again, to grow, so that we in turn can grow our staff and students.”
The faith formation programme came at the end of a five-day attachment programme for 10 Brisbane Catholic teachers, which saw them observing the academic and religion lessons in six Catholic schools here – preschools, primary and secondary.
The visitors also participated in sharing sessions with the Singapore teachers, principals and vice-principals.
A ritual of washing each other’s hands.