“Religious Education is the key learning area for all Catholic and other faith based schools. As a discipline it engages all other learning areas and invites the learner into a personal search for meaning and an exploration of the ultimate questions facing human beings, asked from the point of view of religious faith.”
At MacKillop Catholic College, all students study Religious Education from Years 7 – 10 in accordance with the Tasmanian Archdiocese Good News for Living curriculum document (2005). During this time, students explore concepts of faith, religion and spirituality, investigating their impact on history and the world today. Students also explore major world religions, with particular emphasis on Christianity and the rich traditions and teachings of the Catholic faith. However, Religious Education is about more than knowledge and the skills of inquiry and communication. Students are also given opportunities to explore and reflect on their own beliefs and opinions in order to take ownership over their own faith and spirituality.
Students are expected to complete one major assessment task each term as well as several smaller tasks. These tasks give students many opportunities to demonstrate their grasp of concepts and their development of skills. The major assessment tasks are common to all students across a year level and are frequently moderated by the teachers of Religious Education to ensure consistency between classes:
- For Years 7 and 8, assessment tasks include research tasks, oral presentations, reflective writing, analysing texts (including Scripture) and tests.
- In addition to these, Year 9 and 10 students should expect undertake formal exams.
The learning of students is assessed according to the following three strands:
- Knowledge and Understanding: This strand involves demonstrating an understanding of religious concepts which fall within the following 8 core elements - Jesus Christ, God, Church, Sacraments, Christian Prayer, Religion and Society, Christian Life and Scripture.
- Inquiry and Communication: This strand promotes the skills of questioning and theorising, interpreting terms and texts and communication.
- Discernment and Making Connections: This strand values the process of seeking and making meaning that is essential to considering beliefs and their practice.
In Year 9 and 10 students are offered experiences such as Theology & Spirituality and Philosophy which fall within the Religious Education area. For the latest information on these subject choices, please see the 2020 Subject Selection Handbook.