Religious Education

St Mary’s College Toowoomba, a Catholic community within the Diocese of Toowoomba. Thus our approach to Religious Education is holistic and aims to shape men of dignity with an authentic commitment to the marginalised.  We hope to promote a Catholic Christian approach that develops life-long searching and learning.

St Mary’s is a community that acknowledges the variety of Beliefs, Cultures and Traditions of students who come from several schools.  It fosters an acceptance of each boy as an individual, leading to a complete acceptance and respect for one another.

Religious Education at St Mary’s College is compulsory, for all students, in each year level, from Years Five to Twelve.

Religious Education during Years 5-10

Religious Studies is a learning area, which draws on a number of sources of content.  The content of the religious education area is organised through four conceptual strands: Scripture, Beliefs, Celebration and Prayer, and Morality.  Together these strands outline the knowledge, skills and processes characteristic of learning in the area. 

Scripture

The Bible contains the foundational account of God's dealings with human beings and the human response to God.  Students grow in their familiarity with the Bible and develop the ability to authentically interpret the Scriptures and apply them, in relevant and fruitful ways, to the circumstances of life.

Beliefs

In summary form, the Creeds proclaim basic Christian beliefs about God, Creation, Jesus Christ, Salvation, Church, and Human Destiny.  In drawing on the Creeds, the Catechism of the Catholic Church elaborates, in a systematic and authoritative way, Catholic beliefs and teaching about God, Jesus Christ, Salvation, Church and Human Destiny.

Celebration and Prayer

A central theme of the Bible is that of Covenant, understood as the loving, respectful relationship between God and the human person, and between the human person and God.  From this relationship flows the love and respect that human persons are to show for one another and for the whole of God's creation. Thus, prayer and celebration are intimately linked to the daily lives of individuals as they struggle to make this relationship of love and respect a reality in their own living, and in their efforts to create Christian community.

Morality

Loving, respectful, relationship with God, other human persons, and the whole of creation implies a sincere seeking of the good in one's living and actions. The Ten Commandments are thus an integral part of God's loving Covenant with humanity.  The Beatitudes indicate the attitudes and spirit that should animate those seeking to live a Christian moral life in union with God and in solidarity with one's fellow human beings and the whole of creation.

Assessment

Within each unit a variety of assessment instruments are used to help reinforce concepts and work covered in class.  These include written presentations in a variety of genre, orals, multi-modals, video production, written exams, art works and many more.

 

Religious Education during Years 11-12

The classroom learning and teaching of religion in Years 11 and 12 aims to develop the religious literacy of students to enable them to participate critically and effectively in the life of their faith communities and the wider society. Students following a vocational pathway have the opportunity to study the Subject Area Syllabus Religion and Ethics were students are challenged to think critically about religions from across the world while covering a variety of topics including Good and Evil, Ritual, The Australian Scene, Ethics, Gender. Students wishing to study a tertiary pathway are encouraged to undertake Study of Religion which examines religion across faith traditions to encourage tolerance, religious literacy and understanding.

Assessmment

Assessment for Senior students include written examinations, reflections and essays as well as multi modal presentations which may include presentations, videos, podcasts, etc.

 

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