Our College is Catholic and the College community is committed to the gospel values of Jesus and charism of Mary Aikenhead Ministries. Knowledge of the world illumined by the light of faith is a basic principle of our College philosophy, as the motto states 'Scientia cum Religione' (Religion and Knowledge united).

Religious Studies 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.

The Religious Studies Department seeks to mentor students in their faith, providing opportunities for knowledge about the Christian story within the context of the Catholic tradition and the Religious Sisters of Charity.

Curriculum

Years 7-10

Religious Education programs follow the rationale, aims, objectives and outcomes of the Sydney Archdiocese Religious Education curriculum. Essentially students build on their previous religious education and realise the expectations of what being a follower of Jesus Christ entails. Ignatian Pedagogy underpins all classroom learning activities and assessments. Students complete a range of common assessment tasks and experience various methods of prayer but in particular prayer steeped in the tradition of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Years 11-12

In Years 11 and 12 students undertake the Studies of Religion [1 and 2 Unit] Higher School Certificate course as mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The Preliminary Course in Year 11 is a foundational study of World Religions, Religion in Australian Society pre 1945 and Religions of Ancient Origin.

The Higher School Certificate Course in Year 12 is a consolidation and extension of the Preliminary course. Students study specific aspects of Religious Traditions, Religion in Australia post 1945, Religion and Peace, Religion and Non-Religion.

The Religious Studies Department is comprised of:

  • Ms Tina De Souza - Head of Department
  • Ms Mariann Barkho
  • Ms Sonia Clancy
  • Ms Cath Davies
  • Ms Agatha Khachigian
  • Mrs Jo Kenderes
  • Ms Simone Lock
  • Mrs Jenny McCarthy
  • Ms Caroline McKenna
  • Ms Nicole Rizk
  • Mr Nicholas Schroeder
  • Mr Robert Weaver


Contact the Religious Studies Department:
Ms Tina De Souza

HODRS@stvincents.nsw.edu.au