Religious Education

Religious Education is foundational to all learning at Catherine McAuley. Our school is Catholic and the school community is committed to the positive values of a faith community. Knowledge of the world illumined by the light of faith is a basic principle of our school.

Religious Education strives to relate all learning to the Gospel of Jesus so that students develop sensitivity to each other, expressed in service and social justice. The worth and dignity of each person are recognised in the responsibility each has to one another.

Religious Education is an integral component of life at Catherine McAuley. As part of the Diocesan guidelines, Catherine McAuley integrates the Sharing Our Story curriculum within the Religious domain. Students are engaged in five lessons per fortnight of curriculum from years 7 to 10. In year 11 and 12, students undertake the HSC topic Studies of Religion or Catholic Studies. Our Religious Education curriculum, Sharing Our Story, is supported by texts entitled, To Know, Worship and Love and also an online and interactive program entitled, Understanding Faith.

In Catholic Studies, students will develop an understanding of the healing nature of God, the development of Catholicism, the place of social justice in our world, personal moral development, the focus on the scriptures, worship and sacraments and the variations traditions in Christianity.

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The overall aim of the program is to assist students towards:

  • Making sense of everyday life experiences in the broader contexts of mystery, complexity, confusion and awe.
  • Gaining access to and understanding the scriptures, the traditions of the Catholic community, its stories, its experiences and its teachings
  • Celebrating with others the mystery and life of the Risen Christ
  • Responding to the activity of God in their lives and in the whole of creation
  • Personal development of conscience and moral choices
  • Awareness of issues and participation in social justice


Students will be assessed using a range of assessment tasks, including:

  • Research assignments
  • Examinations
  • Individual oral presentations
  • Group tutorials
  • Bible skills tasks
  • Essay and report writing
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Literacy-based tasks