St Benedict’s Catholic College

Religious Education

The Mission and Vision of Religious Education in the Diocese of Wollongong sees Catholic schools as being called to be real and living expressions of the church’s pastoral mission in the world. As centres of ‘the New Evangelisation’ they proclaim and give witness to a living encounter with Christ. Catholic schools nurture students in their lifelong journey in faith and help them develop as mature educated citizens empowered to shape and enrich the world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.

As an integral expression of Church, schools have the opportunity to support students and their families in connecting with the Catholic Christian tradition and accessing the richness of its spiritual heritage. Through quality Religious Education, rich experiences of prayer and celebration, engagement in social action and justice, students are supported in developing their relationship with God and responding to the experience and action of God in their own lives.

Religious Education is a lifelong process. Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children and the family is generally the first place where children come to Christian faith. Catholic Schools provide Religious Education to nourish and develop the faith of students in partnership with the family, parish and local community. Within the contemporary Catholic school the task of Religious Education has two distinct but complementary dimensions: a) teaching students religion – focused on developing religious literacy and building the capacity of students to participate in a critical and effective way in the life of the church community and of the wider society; and b) teaching students to be religious, focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith development of students.

St Benedict’s Catholic College is a diverse, dynamic community who aims to develop the Gospel Imperatives through the education of young people. This is fostered by embracing an educational partnership with both home and the parish. As a Catholic College, set in a Benedictine tradition, we respond to the challenge to instill within the students, as modeled by St Benedict, 

a love of God;

a love of neighbour;

a love of learning;

Furthermore, in developing the notion of “Something To Strive For and Nothing To Run From” students will have opportunities to experience:

Encountering God - Students are guided to a discovery of God through scripture, prayer, liturgy, tradition and parish communities by reading the scriptures, and

following in the Benedictine tradition, so students encounter the real person of Christ and that they may live a Christian life where Christ “May be my Light”.

Promoting Educational Excellence - Students are empowered to reach their potential and become lifelong learners through the development of independent and creative thinking within a contemporary context. This is achieved in the classroom by understanding the Big Ideas and Essential Questions of units and providing a platform where they may be explored.

Nurturing Individual Growth - The individuality and dignity of all members of our community is acknowledged, and their gifts valued. Members are encouraged and supported to embrace their uniqueness in God’s creation, to grow into the most full person possible and do so with confidence become a light to the world.

Practical Experiences

Students at St Benedict’s have an opportunity to live and experience their faith through many avenues.

Prayer Life: In order to guide students in their prayers life, a Prayer Focus is given each week. In addition, all students pray the College Mantra everyday and students have the option of attending our Friday Rosary every week.

Retreat experiences: The College holds a reflection day for each year group, as outlined below.

  • Yr 7 – ”Ways People Pray”.
  • Yr 8 – “The Hero Within”.
  • Yr 9 – This reflection day has a guest presenter on how students can live a Catholic life in contemporary times.
  • Yr 10 – “Being people of Justice”
  • Senior Retreat - Looking in the mirror

Celebration of Mass

Students at St Benedict’s have many opportunities to celebrate Mass. The entire College celebrates the Opening School Mass, Feast Day Mass and End of year Mass together. In addition, and built into teaching programs, students will have the opportunity to celebrate a liturgy at the end of each unit in either their class or year group.

Units of Study

Year 7 Year 8
  • What it means to be Catholic?                                      
  • Bible: Sacred Scripture
  • Stewardship
  • Ways People Pray
  • Affirming Human Dignity
  • Teachings of Jesus
  • Disciples, Martyrs and Witnesses of Faith
  • Sacraments of Initiation
  • Alive in Christ
Year 9 Year 10
  • Biblical Writing
  • Catholic Church in Australia
  • Living the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.    
  • Sacraments of Healing
  • Search for Meaning
  • The Gospels: Who do you say I am?
  • Church History and Tradition
  • Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue
  • Sacraments at the Service of Communion
  • Catholic Social Teaching

The Religious Education Course splits into two options for the senior school. Students complete either Studies of Religion (1U and 2U) or Catholic Studies.

Studies of Religion 1U and 2U

Year 11: Preliminary Course

  • Nature of Religion and Beliefs
  • Religious Traditions Studies from:
  • Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
    • Origins
    • Principal beliefs
    • Sacred texts and writings
    • Core ethical teachings
    • Personal devotion/expression of faith/observance.
  • Religions of Ancient Origins (2U only)
  • Religion in Australia pre - 1945 (2U only)

Year 12: HSC Course

  • Religion and Belief Systems in Australia post-1945
  • Religious Tradition Depth Studies from:
  • Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
    • Significant people and ideas
    • Ethical teachings in the religious tradition about bioethics or environmental ethics or sexual ethics
    • Significant practices in the life of adherents.
  • Religion and Peace (2U only)

Catholic Studies

Over the course of the 2 years, students will study the following topics:

  • Being Catholic
  • New Testament Studies
  • Mission, Leadership and Ministry
  • World Religions
  • Nature of Religion
  • Praying through the Liturgy
  • Justice and Compassion
  • Moral Issues

Last updated on March 5th, 2021