Emmaus College’s Religious Education (RE) program facilitates the vision, philosophy and intent of the Religious Education Syllabus of the Diocesan Catholic Education Office. It also plays a central role in the implementation of Emmaus’ Curriculum Framework.
In conjunction with other subjects, RE is pivotal in Emmaus’ mission to provide holistic, relevant Catholic secondary education. It is an academic subject which interacts with and complements the College’s catechetical activities, liturgies, prayers, retreats and the pastoral program.
RE provides a framework whereby relevant and effective life-long learning activities can be experienced with a view to each student growing toward some degree of religious literacy as they seek truth, wisdom and justice on their journey through the College.
This growth depends largely on knowledge of religion which is the focus of this program. While knowledge and understanding of the Catholic religion forms the basis of the program, inclusion of other Christian and non-Christian religions and philosophies is seen as vital to the students’ life-long learning experiences, which are based upon mutual respect and understanding.
RE also aims to enable this growth through actively creating an awareness of Christian values such as justice and compassion for all, with a special emphasis on the ‘option for the poor’ as well as exploring their implications for everyday living. RE then aims to also create an awareness of the need to actively challenge ideas, structures, morals or beliefs which oppose Christian values with specific emphasis on contemporary situations.
Religious Education aims to develop students through:
- Becoming more reflective people
- Effective communication
- Exploring life experiences in the light of Christian tradition and with respect for other traditions
- Critical evaluation of both historical and contemporary situations
- Forming life-giving relationships
Students who choose to undertake the subject Study of Religion in Year 11 are given the option to participate in a three-day study trip to Brisbane. Students visit a number of prominent places of worship within the Christian religion as well as visit a number of temples and mosques dedicated to other religions.