A Catholic perspective can be infused into all areas of learning to promote a school identity, which is informed by Catholic intellectual and aesthetic traditions. For example: aspects of Catholic social teaching make an important contribution to studies of business and economics; Catholic poets and writers can assist the study of literature; hymns and religious music can assist studies in music and performance; the sciences are informed by scripture and Church teaching, particularly in areas such as bioethics and the origins of the universe. Thus, all areas of learning contribute to the religious identity and culture of the school. It cannot be left to the classroom religion program to be the only learning area that contributes to the school’s religious identity and culture.
There are three elements of the religious identity and culture of the school. They have been identified as: developing the school’s ethos and charism; building authentic Christian community; and creating a sense of the sacred.