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Religious Education

The Religious Education course aims to deepen the students understanding of the Gospel message as taught by the Catholic Church and develop a sense of the nature of Christianity and how Christians are trying to live their lives (Catholic Education Office WA 2010). Through our Religious Education program we seek to foster a Christian mentality in our society and encourage our students to contribute more broadly to the development of the kind of world envisaged by Christ.

Religious Education is the first learning area in all Catholic schools. The Curriculum, as promulgated by the Diocesan Bishop of Perth, is taught from years K to 12, with all students in years seven to ten following the 'Come Follow Me' programme, while year 11 and 12 students complete the Religion and Life course at either stage 1, 2 or 3 level. The Religious Education course aims to not only evangelise, but instil the same academic rigour as required in all other learning areas. All religious education classes, not only support the College evangelisation plan and other ministry works undertaken in the College, but also follow a structured program with formal and informal assessments each term. All students are expected to participate in the academic programme as per any other learning area.

In Years 7 to 10 students study the following topics.

Year Term Topic
7 1 Free to Live Like Jesus/Gifted by the Spirit
7 2 Spirit of Truth/We Wonder and Praise
7 3 Created Individually by God/Lord of Life
7 4 No Greater Love/Called by the Common Good

Year Term Topic
8 1 Belonging and Acceptance in Catholic Communities
8 2 The Universal Need for God
8 3 Creation God’s Original Plan
8 4 Growing in the Image of God

Year Term Topic
9 1 The Human Search for Truth
9 2 People Grow Stronger Spiritually
9 3 People Can Achieve Emotional Peace
9 4 Christian Love and Sexuality

Year Term Topic
10 1 Vocation – called to be and become
10 2 The Search for Freedom
10 3 The Holy Spirit’s action through Conscience and the Church
10 4 Restoring God’s Justice in the World

 

Year 11 and 12 students study the Religion and Life Course. This course is an accredited Curriculum Council course and therefore, counts towards a student’s Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE). The courses offered are:

Year Semester Course Pathway Stage 1 Course Pathway Stage 2
11 1 Religion and Life 1A
The focus for this unit is why religion? Students explore experiences that lead people to look for meaning and purpose in their life, why religion is important to people and what is offered by religion.
Religion and Life 2A
The focus for this unit is the place of religion in society. In this unit, students study the place of religion in society, particularly Australian society, both in the past and present. They examine how people understand the response of religion to their concerns, needs and questions, and how communities uphold their religious values and celebrate their religious identity.
11 2 Religion and Life 1B
The focus for this unit is people and religion. This unit explores important issues that all people are exposed to in their life, the solutions or responses offered by religion to problems that exist in society, and the relationship between people and religion. Students research and analyse how religions express a concern for justice and social justice in the world.
Religion and Life 2B
The focus for this unit is religious identity and purpose. This unit looks in more detail at the influence of religion on the search for personal identity and purpose in life. It investigates the structures and traditions of religion in order to understand how religious identity is shaped. The unit also develops understandings of how the religious identity of a group interacts with society.

Year Semester Course Pathway Stage 1 Course Pathway Stage 3
12 1 Religion and Life 1C
The focus for this unit is religion and lifestyles. Students explore the choices people make to live different lifestyles and how religion influences these choices. They examine the lives of people who have made life choices based on religious ideals and investigate the different ways people choose to live their lives and other key influences on lifestyle choices in a society such as Australia.
Religion and Life 3A
The focus for this unit is connection and challenge in religion. This unit examines the historical context of religion over time and explores opportunities and challenges that exist in the future for religion. The purpose of this unit is to make connections between past, present and future experiences of religion and understandings of the interplay between religion and life.
12 2 Religion and Life 1D
The focus for this unit is religion and decision-making. The unit investigates responsible decision-making from a religious perspective. Students identify how religion influences moral decision-making and what is offered by religion to assist people make decisions that are in the best interests of the whole of society. The unit explores the sorts of decisions needed to make a just society.
Religion and Life 3B
The focus for this unit is freedom and religion. This unit explores the human desire to become responsible and free. Students analyse society in order to assess the development and consequences of social trends and values. They also examine religious responses to issues and events in the past and present, and how such responses impact on people and their experience of freedom.