National Centre for Religious Studies

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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).

Our team

Led by Colin MacLeod, our team is blessed by the wisdom and experience of full-time or part time curriculum and resource developers: Laurel Lanner, Sam Steele,  Kate McHeyzer, Stephen Woodnutt (seconded for 2022) and Lyn Smith.

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

Where to find us

Catholic Centre
Level 4, 300 Rattray Street
Private Bag 1941
Dunedin 9054
Phone: 04 8198386

FaithJourney.co.nz

“Faith Journey” is a collection of engaging resources designed to support whānau in developing knowledge and making connections with God, and each other, in a home setting.

FaithAlive.org.nz

Faith Alive is the home of the key resource developed to support the teaching of the Primary School Religious Education curriculum in Catholic Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand.

FaithCentral.org.nz

FaithCentral is a Religious Education resource website for students and teachers of Catholic Secondary Schools and Colleges in Aotearoa – New Zealand

A New RE Curriculum: To Tātou Whakpono 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.

Key documents:

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

To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Background

To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Introduction

To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Junior Primary Sneak Peek

To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith - Junior Secondary Sneak Peek

Additional Resources

Religious Education Bridging Documents – for Primary and Secondary

DRS Handbooks – For Primary and Secondary

NZpray2day – A kiwi prayer App available for Android and Apple devices

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

Gender Complexity in Catholic Schools

He Mea Hanga Mīharo ki tō te Atua ĀhuaWonderfully 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.

Teacher Certification Handbook (and forms in MSWord)

Catholic Education Professional Standards (NZCEO)

Catholic Early Childhood Religious Education – Curriculum Statement

Parish group-discussion materials available through the Catholic Enquiry Centre

Communication with Schools

  • 2022 February letter to Primary Schools
  • 2022 February letter to Secondary Schools
  • 2022 Reflection Topics for School Boards – based on To Tātou Whakapono Our Faith

Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute

The Catholic Theological College Auckland campus and Colin Library have moved to St Columba Centre 40 Vermont Street Ponsonby.
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