As a Catholic community, established by the Good Samaritan Sisters in the Benedictine tradition, St John’s College vision for religious education is holistically developed through an understanding of Jesus’ mission and strives to educate all students in their faith journey. We challenge both our staff and students to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative, active and informed learners who are empowered and equipped to enrich and serve our world while listening with the ear of the heart. We strive to have respect for the sacred and honour our liturgical traditions that sanctify our time and place. We are committed to a purposeful and challenging curriculum that enables a transforming, reflective, inclusive, challenging and engaging learning community.
The Religion Curriculum P-12 enables students in Year 7 to Year 10 to learn about various ways in which humans understand and express the mystery of God or ‘the Other’, including insights from the major world religions. Students develop their understanding of the experience of sin throughout human history, some ways in which the Church has responded to the presence of good and evil, and the various sources that guide the Church’s action in the world. They learn about various sources of inspiration, strength and guidance for believers today and ways in which believers live their Christian vocation.
The Religion Curriculum P-12 enables students in the senior secondary years to develop a deeper understanding of the Catholic Christian tradition and an empathetic understanding of the major world religions, as well as a grasp of the impact of religious teachings on the lives of believers. The approach taken respects learners and promotes critical thinking, opening up the possibility for a richer appreciation of self and others.
The Catholic approach to interpreting scripture is summed up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
In Sacred Scripture, God speaks to the person in a human way. To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words (n.109)
In order to discover the sacred author’s intention, the reader must take into account the conditions of their time and culture, the literary genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking and narrating then current.
“For the fact is that truth is differently presented and expressed in the various types of historical writing, in prophetical and poetical texts, and in other forms of literary expression (Dei Verbum, 12)
A complete explanation is located at:
SJC Religious Education Program
Comprehensive Outline of Religious Education