Religious Education

Religious Education

Year 7&8 Programme

The Year 7 & 8 classes follow the Religious Education Programme for Catholic Primary Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand as approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand.

Year 9-13 Programme

Year 9-13 classes follow Understanding Faith, the Religious Education Programme for Catholic Secondary Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand as approved by our Bishops.

Religious Studies Level 1 

Theme – Challenges. The course provides students with the opportunity to confront and cope with the challenge of accepting responsibility for their personal lives. Students will build on the knowledge and understanding they gained in Year 9 and 10 and develop a deeper appreciation of their own uniqueness. From the Understanding Faith programme, the Year 11 topics may include: * Biblical Studies: The Gospel Story * Christian Morality and Decision-making * Church History: The Reformation * The Trinity 

Religious Studies Level 2 

Theme – Widening Horizons. This course offers students the opportunity to: * Reflect on their own spiritual journey and that of others * Develop a basis for Christian moral and social principles and apply these to contemporary situations * Learn the general background of Scripture and have an opportunity for detailed study of particular books of the Bible From the Understanding Faith programme, the Year 12 topics studies may include: * Biblical Studies * Christian Morality * Christian Art and Architecture * Loss, Death, Grief and Dying * Religions of the World * Social Justice 

Religious Studies Level 3

Theme – On the Threshold. During this course students will have the opportunity to discuss the issues raised from a variety of religious perspectives and the way these affect world views and shape people’s lives. Students will explore how responses developed by Catholics and secular society both differ and have some similarities. From the Understanding Faith programme, the Year 13 topics studied may include: * Finding meaning * Analysing changing religious practices in New Zealand and the emergence of sect and cult groups * Ethical issues * Jesus the Christ * Mary the First Disciple