Religious Education (RE) is the first Learning Area in our College. The Religious Education program taught in our College is that mandated by the diocesan Bishop. It aims to share Catholic faith by promoting knowledge and understanding of the Gospel. The role of RE is to support the primary proclamation of the Gospel, and to complement initiatory catechesis. It should contribute to the development of a sense of the sacred, stir a religious awakening in students and ensure that students understand the foundational Christian belief that Jesus Christ is Saviour, as well as the Christian promise of Salvation. It should draw out the implications of this promise for students’ lives.
Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment
Students in Year 9 complete the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment, a curriculum-based assessment that reflects and supports the progressive nature of the K-12 Religious Education units. The assessment focuses on students’ ability to recall content about the Catholic faith and their knowledge and understanding of Religious Education. It is not designed to measure a student’s faith.
The purpose of the assessment is to provide individual schools with a snapshot of student performance in Religious Education. Comparisons between students’ performance are provided on student and school reports. Schools and students have the opportunity to compare students with their peers and other students across the state.
Religion and Life ATAR Year 11 & 12
The Religion and Life ATAR course provides students with opportunities to explore how and why individuals and communities relate to and understand religion. Students use a range of inquiry skills to explore at least one religious worldview and to investigate characteristics of religion, their origins, foundations, cultural influences and development over time. They also use these skills to analyse the role religion plays in society and to consider the challenges and opportunities religions face in the future.
The Religion and Life General Year 11 & 12
The Religion and Life General course provides students with opportunities to learn about religion and to explore the relationship between religion, society and individuals. Using a range of inquiry skills students develop an understanding of ways in which people discover, understand and express their religious beliefs. They also use these skills to explore one or more religions in detail, to analyse the role religion plays in human affairs and to explore issues of concern to religion.