Religious Education is at the very core of our existence. It is a most practical and relevant subject as it offers the opportunity of a Christian understanding of who we are as individuals and as members of a faith community.
Religious Education at St John’s attempts to give meaning to students’ lives by exploring the heritage of Christianity in its richness of 2,000 years of Catholicism. Links will be established between the spiritual and other aspects of students’ lives.
Religious Education is life long. At St John’s Regional College it is based upon the Gospel message and its inherent values. The heart of this message is the Good News that God is love, that God’s love is made known in Jesus, and that God’s love is kept alive by the Spirit. It is, therefore, Education in Religion
Religious Education aims to develop:
- Understanding of how Christians are called to live within a community of faith
- Understanding of how Jesus’ life, death and resurrection expresses God’s love
- Skills to read scripture
- Awareness of Jesus as a role model through a knowledge of his life and teachings
- Understanding and appreciation of the distinctive features of the Australian Church
- Awareness of God’s presence in our lives and how the Church celebrates this
- Appreciation of prayer and liturgy through liturgical and prayerful experiences, and
- Appreciation of the environment.
Religious Education does not involve assessment of a student’s religious experience or personal faith. Teachers do assess and report in the areas of detail and quality of information presented, understanding of information presented and evidence of personal reflection. Methods of assessment include research projects, graphic displays, oral presentations, group activities, essays, lesson records and journal writing.