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Religious Education

Religious Education is a compulsory learning area in all Catholic schools.  The national curriculum is approved and mandated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

In senior secondary school (Years 11-13) students can gain Level One, Two and Three NCEA Achievement Standards in Religious Studies.

Information about Religious Education in Catholic schools is available from the National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) at  

Support material specific to the secondary religious education curriculum, Understanding Faith, is available on

Information and support for early childhood Religious Education is available on the NCRS website.

The NCRS website has information on adult faith formation, including parish programmes and courses for teachers.  NCRS is part of The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand

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Latest Updates

NZCEO Annual Business Plan 2016 - End of Year Report [pdf 685kb]

Catholic Education Convention 2018 Date confirmed – June 13th to 15th – more information to come over the next few months.

Copyright for Liturgical Music – guidelines from the National Liturgy Office about the legal requirements for reproducing religious music in schools and parishes

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