Rationale

As a Catholic school, founded in the traditions of the Christian Brothers, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, Trinity Catholic College regards Religious Education as being of the utmost importance. Religious Education not only impacts upon students in the classroom, it permeates the life of College in all respects.

 

Prayer and Liturgical Life

The Religious Education program includes Reflection Days for the students in Years 7 – 10 and a three-day Retreat experience for Year 12. The program for each of these days will normally be developed and facilitated by the staff. Where applicable, outside presenters are used as part of the experience. The purpose of these days is to give students opportunities for exploring their relationships with self, others, and God. 

Liturgy is another key component of the Catholic life of the College. It involves regular opportunities for prayer, worship and celebration. This takes place in the classroom, at assemblies, at staff meetings, on retreat, and as part of other College events. It follows the church’s liturgical calendar and liturgical seasons. One of the goals of liturgy in the College is the participation of all staff and students in meaningful liturgical experiences which express our faith commitment, and which connect us with the rituals, practices and traditions of the Church, as well as catering for the needs of the College Community. 

We work in partnership with our parish priests in providing appropriate liturgies for the College Community. All liturgies are prepared in consultation with the relevant Liturgical Documents and Rites of the Church.

The College Chapel serves as the geographical and spiritual centre of the school. It is open to staff and students alike for prayer and quiet reflection during school hours and is used on a weekly basis for the Celebration of the Eucharist.

Prayer is an integral part of the life of the College. It can be both communal and personal and involves staff, students and parents. In the life of the College, however, communal prayer is both appropriate and to be expected in various situations and on different occasions. All members of the College community are involved in its prayer life, which is part of the daily routine of all Homerooms and classes.

 

Curriculum

Religious Education is a compulsory subject and is a key learning area in its own right. It follows the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn's Religious Education Curriculum in Years 7 to 12.

In Stage 6, the College provides students with the opportunity to study the Board of Studies developed course – Studies of Religion. This course offers both 1 unit and 2 unit options. Studies of Religion enables students to gain an ATAR, and can count towards the calculation of this tertiary entrance rank.

The Religious Education curriculum supports the catechetical and evangelising mission of the Church while supporting young people in their lifelong journey in faith.

The Religious Education curriculum has been developed to stimulate and challenge students, especially in their understanding of Scripture and Tradition, their critical thinking and moral reasoning. It is based upon sound pedagogical practices. Central to the curriculum, and its effective teaching, is the Treasures New and Old syllabus and resources.

Treasures New and Old endeavours to combine fidelity to our Judeo-Christian tradition with an awareness of contemporary needs and a faith-filled assurance for the future. (Treasures New and Old – Core Document; pg. i)

 

Religious formation of our students

We are committed to:

  • Encouraging students to base their lives on the teaching and example of Jesus Christ
  • Enhancing students’ understanding and reading of the Scriptures
  • Promoting the value of students spending regular time in personal prayer and reflection
  • Strengthening students’ awareness of how religion helps to answer real questions about the meaning of life
  • Strengthening students’ knowledge and belief that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man
  • Enriching students’ attitudes to Religious Education
  • Nurturing in students a positive attitude to reflection and the value of retreats

 

A Partnership

All education is a partnership between the school and the parents for the benefit of the student. Religious education is no different. In this ever-changing world, schools have become more and more important in fulfilling the role of announcing the Goods News of Jesus Christ. At Trinity Catholic College, Religious Education presents, in a systematic and genuine way, the teaching of the Gospel, the nature of Christianity and ways Christians live their lives. This is done in partnership with the home and parish.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the Religious Education of their child through discussion of classroom activities and participation in liturgical celebrations at their local parish and at the College itself.

Religious Education is also a means for providing experiences in faith development for both Catholic and non-Catholic students. By the end of their secondary schooling all students should have an understanding of what it means to be Catholic, and an appreciation of our Catholic story. It also provides students with opportunities to critically reflect upon life experiences in the light of the faith of the Church. 

 

 

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