Elective unit, METH, St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield       Min. No. 8)

1st semester: 9:00am-4:00pm, Thurs and Fri: 8 and 9 March; 3 and 4 May; and two days online. Cross listed as Missiology DM9663Y and Education Studies DE9663Y.

This unit will address the changing context in which Catholic schools operate and the import this has for school leaders. It will focus on the centrality of ‘mission’ in a context where the historical partnership between family, school and parish has diminished. The unit will then address the need for openness to the Spirit as we re-contextualise by drawing on the wisdom of Tradition, Scripture, church and human experience as we negotiate the needs of an increasingly pluralist school community. It will also examine the responsibilities of those aspiring to or involved in leadership under the rubrics of educational, spiritual and managerial leadership.

PREREQUISITES: 10 points of Scripture, and 10 points of Systematic Theology or Education or Religious Education or equivalent


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. analyse the signs of the times as they are reflected in the context of Catholic schools
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of mission and its import for school leadership
  3. critically engage issues to which those in Catholic school leadership must attend
  4. evaluate the roles of Tradition, Scripture, church and human experience in the re-contextualisation of Catholic schools
  5. identify and describe the range of skills necessary for educational leadership


One paper of 3000 words focussing on the place of ‘mission’ in a Catholic school (50%); one paper of 3000 words focussing on the development of a vision for a Catholic school and a strategic plan to effect its implementation (50%)


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D’Orsa, Jim and Therese. Leading for Mission: Integrating Life, Culture and Faith in Catholic Education. The Broken Bay Institute Mission and Education Series. Mulgrave: Vaughan Publishing, 2013.

Doohan, Leonard. Spiritual Leadership: The Quest for Integrity. New York and Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2007.

Door, Donal. Spirituality: Our Deepest Heart’s Desire. Dublin: Columba, 2008.

Duignan, Patrick. Educational Leadership: Together creating ethical learning environments. 2nd ed. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Franchi, Leonardo, and Stephen McKinney, eds. A Companion to Catholic Education. Leominster: Gracewing, 2011.

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Rymarz, Richard, and Angelo Belmonte, eds. Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools: Exploring the Landscape. Mulgrave: Vaughan Publishing, 2017.

Sipe, James W., and Don M. Frick. Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving. Revised and expanded ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2015.

Church Documents on Catholic Education: 1965-2002. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2004.