Also known as a Catechist, the SRE Teacher is a volunteer who is approved
and authorised by the bishop on the advice of the parish priest to teach
or assist with the religious education of Catholic children attending
public schools in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga.
It is the responsibility of the diocese to provide initial and ongoing
training for catechists who undertake the mission of teaching the
Catholic faith to children in public schools.
Training, formation and reflection opportunities are offered in each of
the deaneries throughout the year.
What qualifications are required?
A Catholic SRE Teacher (Catechist) should:
Have a strong personal commitment to the faith with a concern for the
spiritual growth and wellbeing of children
Endeavour to transmit by his/her teaching and behaviour the teaching and
life of Jesus in union with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in
whose name they teach
Be willing to undertake the necessary training in order to develop the
knowledge and skills required in this ministry
Be a citizen in good standing with the legal requirements in working with
I'm interested in becoming a Catechist (SRE Teacher)
Make yourself known to your parish priest (If you are new to the area, a
reference from your previous parish priest or parishioners may be
Once your authorisation has been processed you will be issued with a
lanyard containing your Identification and Green Authorisation Card.
SRE Teachers and Helpers are required to wear a lanyard containing their
Identification and Green Authorisation Card whenever they are on school
property for the purpose of SRE. They are also required to carry
photo ID (eg driver's licence) and be prepared to present this upon the
request of the school.
Recommendations:Once you have obtained your
authorisation to go into schools it may be beneficial to spend some time
as a helper with an experienced catechist before taking your own class.
Speak to your parish priest or the Parish SRE Coordinator to arrange