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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Why study Religious Education?

Religious Education is central to the curriculum at St Rita’s College. The life and message of Jesus underpins

all of our activities and there is a very real endeavour to foster:

A Christian atmosphere in the College

Active participation in prayer and liturgy

An appreciation in all members of the College community of the dignity and worth of the human

person

A true understanding of the sacredness of all life

A spirit of inquiry and a concern for truth in matters of faith and morals

A concern for social justice for all persons

What is studied in Religious Education?

Apart from these activities which are designed to nurture faith, St Rita’s College also offers an extensive

Religious Education curriculum. This focuses on the classroom and promotes the development of knowledge,

skills, attitudes and values that enable students to participate as active and informed members of our Church

and our society.

The Archdiocesan Religious Education Guidelines have been implemented in the College. According to the

guidelines, the Vision of Religious Education in Catholic Schools:

“seeks to develop the religious literacy of students in light of the Catholic Christian tradition, so that they

might participate critically and authentically in contemporary culture. Students become religiously

literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently

in and for faith contexts and the wider society. Furthermore, the Vision describes students who can

articulate their faith and live it in an open and authentic way. Religious literacy encompasses a set of

ongoing activities and interactions among people. These include ways of talking, acting, creating,

communicating, critiquing, evaluating, participating, ritualising, theologising, worshipping, reading,

reflecting, and writing with others in a variety of religious and secular contexts.” Source:

http://www.rec.bne.catholic.edu.au

In light of this Vision, the following units of work have been developed:

In Year 9:

Justice in the Local Community – Refugees

World Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Catholic Christian Church History (1750 – 1918 CE)

Sacred Texts

In Year 10:

Striving for Justice in the Global Community

World Religions: Hinduism and Buddhism

Spirituality and Ritual

Sacred Texts