National Centre for Religious Studies
NCRS is responsible for Religious Education curricula and resources at primary and secondary school levels, and provides an early childhood curriculum.
We also produce the faith formation programme for adults, Ngā Parirau-Wings, and teacher formation programmes including “Having Life to the Full” (a Catholic course in Human Sexuality founded on Jn 10:10).
What we do
- Catholic Religious Education curricula and resources for Aotearoa
- Work at national and diocesan level
- Human sexuality education support
- Adult faith formation programmes
- Pray, share, celebrate and live our faith
A New RE Curriculum: Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith
The new Religious Education Curriculum for Catholic primary and secondary schools in Aotearoa has been approved by the NZ Bishops, and NCRS is working hard to develop resources to support its implementation. Due to the impact of Covid and our desire to have as much support as possible in place – including a new web-site – schools are encouraged to engage with the document in 2022/23 but there is no expectation that it be adopted until 2024. RE advisers and NCRS will be in touch along this shared journey. Thanks to everyone who has played a part so far.
As always, we welcome feedback.
To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith – Curriculum Document
To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith – Roll Out Timeline
Draft Learning Intentions (scaffolding AOs for teachers and rangatahi) – Learning Intentions
Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Background
Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Introduction
Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Junior Primary Sneak Peek
Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Junior Secondary Sneak Peek
BoT Prayer Companion – A Prayer Resource for Boards of Trustees
Encountering the Divine – Aotearoa NZ stories of experiencing God
Aotearoa Catholic – Our YouTube Channel
FaithCentral – provides “open” school and parish thematic resources
He Mea Hanga Mīharo ki tō te Atua Āhua – Wonderfully Made in God’s Image: A revised Framing Document for human sexuality education in Aotearoa Catholic schools. (Oct. 2021) A Sexuality Resource Grid Package is also available to support planning.
Catholic Education Professional Standards (NZCEO)
Catholic Early Childhood Religious Education – Curriculum Statement
Parish group-discussion materials available through the Catholic Enquiry Centre