In a broad sense curriculum is understood to be all the activities and experiences in a school community which promote a student’s learning and development as a whole person in a particular social context. The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) states that ‘schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion.’ The Queensland Catholic Schools and Curriculum (Treston, 2008) document states:
‘the character of a school curriculum reflects certain beliefs about the nature of a human being, the role of a person in society, learning and theories of education. Curriculum is the public expression of a school’s values and a sure indicator of a school’s educational philosophy. In an ideal educational world curriculum is a positive educational response to the question, ‘What kind of people do our schools want our students to be and become?’
In an era of rapid educational, social and religious change, it is imperative that Catholic schools intentionally base their curriculum on the core beliefs, values and philosophy of the Catholic community.