Religion Education

While Religion Class is one of our core academic subjects, it is so much more.
Through the use of the Be Believe series of textbooks, the Bible, and class sessions that include our parish priests, Fr. Pat, and Fr. Robert, we build on Catholic Identity around core Catholic beliefs, practices, and principles so all students, including those, not Catholic, can truly embody what it means to be a Christian.
In Religion Class, we try to help students with their own personal development & support an understanding of the spiritual, moral, social & cultural questions that surface again & again in their lives. Tackling difficult questions provides pupils with insight that can work on challenging stereotypes, promote cohesion, and tackle extremism. Religious Education does essential work in encouraging young people to value themselves & the communities within which they live.
Religious Education:
● Is relevant for all children, whatever their religion or beliefs.
● Teaches understanding of world religions and beliefs
● Shows how religion influences individuals, families, communities, and cultures
● Explores the political and social impact of religion
● Encourages reflection on issues of justice and truth
● Provokes questions about the meaning of life
● Offers opportunities for personal reflection
● Develops and affirms personal Identity and responsible citizenship
● Prepares children for adult life
Religious Education can help:
● Promote respect for self and others
● Contribute to an understanding of history and culture
● Enhance our understanding of global affairs
● Develop personal well-being and happiness
● Safeguard ethical standards in public life
● Generate social and community cohesion
● Tackle extremism and religious discrimination
In Religious Education, pupils learn about:
● What people believe, in particular, our Catholic faith
● How people show their beliefs in their daily lives
● How people explain what they believe & understand using symbols & stories.

This helps children & young people to:
○ Make sense of who they are
○ To have the opportunity to have their views challenged
○ Make sense of life
○ Make sense of right & wrong to develop tolerance and respect for other people’s beliefs
○ To develop their critical view
○ To be better-informed citizens