Review of
Catholic Identity

Catholic Identity is at the heart of our schools. As a dimension of our schools it is reviewed every five years. In addition it illuminates all other reviews.

Christianity in the Catholic Tradition is shaped by a set of foundational beliefs, values and practices which name, guide and guard the Catholic identity of our schools. School improvement around Catholic Identity may be considered, described, evaluated and validated by identifying the presence of a set of quality indicators.

The Quality Indicators of the Catholic Identity Dimension describe what we want our schools to be:

  • sacramental
  • life-giving
  • faithful
  • just
  • inclusive.

The self review process involves the school exploring this dimension, making judgements about performance and illustrating those judgements to the validation panel. Discernment about culture and performance will guide further planning and action.

These questions based on the Quality Indicators for Catholic Identity provide a starting point for self-review. Other questions will emerge from the particular context of each school.


  • How do we make Jesus present in and beyond our school community?
  • How do we nurture the Sacramental lives of our students? Staff? Families?
  • How does our community experience prayer and liturgy?
  • What evidence do we have to show our school’s commitment to ecology and sustainability?


  • How is our School Vision witnessed in our relationships, practices and celebrations?
  • How well does our Vision and Mission encompass each person and their needs, gifts and aspirations?
  • What are the levels of safety in our school (emotional, physical, risk taking etc)?
  • How are people empowered by leadership?


  • How do we support staff and students to discuss and critique their faith?
  • How do we prepare students to be responsible global citizens, committed to the ‘common good’ of all creation?
  • How do we encourage students to actively respond to their Catholic Christian mission?
  • How does our school nurture & sustain community?


  • What evidence do we have to show our commitment to reconciliation and education in the understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture?
  • How do we show our commitment to cultural diversity?
  • What evidence do we have to show our commitment to religious diversity?
  • How does our school ‘serve’ the community
  • How does Catholic Social Teaching influence our approach to social justice?
  • How closely does our resource allocation match our values and vision?
  • How does our school inspire a passion for justice in our students, staff and families?


  • How inclusive of all is our school enrolment policy?
  • How welcoming is our school?
  • How do we embrace those who are on the margins – students, staff and families?
  • How authentic and important are our partnerships with families? Parish? Wider community? What do they think?

Documents to be provided to the Panel Chair through the CEO two weeks prior to Validation Day.

Please use electronic templates provided as a starting point.

For All Reviews


Completed School Profile (see below). May be supplemented/personalised from other school documents to assist Panel to gain an understanding of the school community.


Current School Improvement Plan and this year’s Annual Action Plan


Current Identity Statement, Vision Statement, Graduate Outcomes and Fire Carrier Covenant


Most recent Annual Report to the School Community


Program for the review day (As negotiated with the chair of the Validation Panel)



Documents and/or evidence to be made available to the Panel on Validation Day.

These may be located in various school documents.

Please provide clearly marked materials to the Panel.

Compliance and School Review


Previous Validation Report


Enrolment Policy


Copy of Staff Accreditation Records (CECV Accreditation Policy 1.6 & 1.7)


Copy of Enhanced Catholic School Identity Project (ECSIP) survey data (where applicable) and the ways in which it has been used


Insight SRC data for current and previous 2 years (if available) and ways this has been communicated and used

Leadership and Organisational Structure


Role descriptions for Principal, Leadership Team, REC/FDC and any other role descriptions relevant to Catholic Identity review


Overview of school Leadership and Organisational Structure (including parental involvement)


Records of any team or leadership reviews that have occurred in last 2 years


Mapping of leadership formation opportunities available to staff and Board/Council in last 2 years


Induction processes for new staff and new leaders, including orientation to Catholic Identity


Copy of Catholic Identity Policy which includes:

  • aspirations for relationships throughout the school community – how does your school deal with diversity – religious and otherwise?
  • summary of School Rituals and Celebrations such as:
    • school and class liturgies, including Masses and prayers – liturgical calendar, description of culture of prayer in your school
    • reception of Sacraments
    • retreats, reflection days and special events
    • displays and symbols associated with Catholic tradition and heritage
  • the school’s commitment to Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, including the FIRE Covenant (see Appendix 3) with the whole FIRE Carrier proforma included.
  • role descriptions for Principal, Leadership Team, REC/FDC explicit in connection with Catholic Identity and Religious Education
  • descriptions of programs that reach out in service to the wider community
  • a framework for moral and ethical ICT use.

School Community


School profile statistical data (Crichton Smith material)


Information about your school’s foundation and history


Copy of School Calendar of rituals/celebrations and events relevant to Catholic Identity & Leadership review


Copies of promotional material and enrolment brochures for your school


Example of School Newsletter and/or School Magazine


Inclusion of Catholic Identity, faith formation and spirituality in Individual Professional Learning Plans


Discussion of Catholic Identity with staff members as part of Annual Review Meetings.


There are three parts of the Self-Review Summary that are to be emailed to the Chair of the Validation Panel two (2) weeks prior to the Validation visit:

  1. Exploring the current reality: documented understandings in summary format (1 or 2 pages)
  2. Gauging the current reality against the School Vision and CoSSI Quality Indicators
  3. Identifying priorities for the next cycle of school improvement.

Note: Parts 2 and 3 to be documented in the Self-Review Documentation Guide provided (Download, complete and email).