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).
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 2023) 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
“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.
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 is a Religious Education resource website for students and teachers of Catholic Secondary Schools and Colleges in Aotearoa – New Zealand
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. (As requested, here are icons for planning.) 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
Emerging support videos:
In association with NZCEO, Te Kupenga (NCRS) is providing PLD on the Te Rama Aroha Cross Themes (two done so far):
Grace, Holiness, Wisdom, Justice, Prayer
New Generic Resources for Schools:
- A printable 2022/23 Liturgical Year Poster (N.B. A new perpetual Liturgical Year poster is available from Pleroma).
- A dynamic-PowerPoint of the above Liturgical Year Poster for teaching in class.
- Inspiration – Printable Catholic Pioneer Bookmarks for Science, Literature and Spirituality
- Inspiration – Printable Catholic Pioneer Posters for Science, Literature and Spirituality.
- Vocation – Printable Teach RE Posters – to prompt secondary students to think of becoming an RE teacher.
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 (Since this document, the NZ Bishops released Aroha and Diversity in Oct. 2022 for Catholic schools.)
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.
Teacher Certification Handbook (and forms in MSWord)
Catholic Education Professional Standards (NZCEO)
Catholic Early Childhood Religious Education – Curriculum Statement
Sharing the Gospel Today – the New Zealand Catechetical Directory
Communication with Schools
- School Board Meeting Starters – Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith reflection topics
- 2023 February letter to Primary Schools
- 2023 February letter to Secondary Schools