RE Course Outlines

“In the Treaty of Waitangi, we find the moral basis for our presence in Aotearoa New Zealand and a vision that sets this country apart.” New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The curriculum taught is the National Programme for Religious Education “Understanding Faith”, as promoted by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand. The program includes Scripture, Church Doctrine, Sacraments, Social Teaching and Church History.

Junior Program

Year 9

Unit

Strand

My Story
 

Human Experiences: The purpose of this topic is to invite students to make and exploration of their family and cultural backgrounds.

Life and Times of Jesus
 

Scripture & Tradition: Exploring the different dimensions of Jesus' identity and the contexts in which he lived his life.

Sacraments of Initiation
 

Sacrament & Worship: A look at Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church.

The Church's Story
 

Social Justice: The story of the early Church in Jerusalem and beyond to 800 CE

The Beginnings of the Church in New Zealand

Sacrament & Worship: The beginnings and development of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand from 1835 to 1890.

The Eucharist
 

Church History: The development of the Eucharist, its liturgical structure and the yearly cycle of seasons which the Eucharist fits in to.

Creation & Co-Creation
 

Church History: Exploring the church's teaching about creation and our call to be co-creators with God.

Recognising Signs of God



 

Sacramentality: through our experience of mystery and awe. It explores the ways in which we can see God’s self-revelation and self-communication – in Christ, in the Church, in the Living Word of Scripture and Tradition, in the Sacraments and in ordinary things and people. Some emphasis will be placed on understanding the significance of sign, symbol and ritual.


Year 10

Unit

Strand

Discovering our Identity
 

Scripture & Tradition: Every person has a unique identity. Life is a journey.
 

The Teachings of Jesus
 

Scripture & Tradition: The content and manner of Jesus' teaching and the implication of Jesus message for today.

Inspiring Men and Women 
 

Sacrament & Worship: Men and women in Scripture and in Church history advanced God's plan and can inspire us to do likewise.

Sinfulness and Reconciliation


 

Church History: Explore brokenness in the world; read stories of reconciliation and of world organisations who promote healing and reconciliation. Understand more about sin, and how God brings us healing through the Sacrament of forgiveness.

The Eucharist
 

Social Justice: Exploring the important aspects of the source and summit of Christian life.

The Church's Story (Middle Ages)

Sacrament and Worship: Church history from 800 - 1500 CE
 

Journey Stories
 

Human Experience: Looking at how our personal and group stories links to Christ's journey through life, death and resurrection. We are all on a pilgrimage.

Expressions of Catholic Life

 

Identifying features of Catholicism: Through particular examples, it involves pupils in a study of how the nature and work of the Catholic Church manifests itself in people’s lives at both a Universal and Local level.

Marist Man Programme
 

Relationship and Marist focussed Special Character Unit in support of Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide initiative.

Senior Programme

‘Be prepared to make a defence to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.’ (1 Peter 3:15; see also NZCEO, 2010; NCRS, 2010).

Catholic schools are established to carry out the Church’s mission. Schools provide a Catholic faith environment which enables young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to become active and committed members of the faith community and to contribute positively to the world community (NZCEO, 2010).

The philosophy of Catholic schools in New Zealand is based on a Catholic understanding of Christianity. Catholic integrated schools live and teach the values of Christ Jesus. These values are as expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops act in unison in determining the essentials of the philosophy and its underpinning values (NZCEO, 2010).

Year 11

Three Achievement Standards, each of 6 Credits

AS

Title

Credits

Assessment

AS 90817

Reformation (11A, 11D, 11E)

6

Internal

AS 90818

Conscience, Morality and Values(11B)

6

Internal

AS 90816

Understanding the Gospel Story(11C)

6

Internal

 

Total

18

 

 


Year 12

There are three Achievement Standards offered.

AS

Title

Credits

Assessment

AS 90822

Justice and Peace(12B, 12F)

6

Internal

AS 90823

Loss, death and Grief (12A, 12D)

6

Internal

AS 91724

Significant theme in a sacred text (12E, 12H)

6

Internal

UF 12 G

Christian Art, Architecture and Music

 

 

 

Sexuality programme

 

 

 

Total

18

 

 


Year 13

AS

Title

Credits

Assessment

AS 90824

Analyse a significant theme in a sacred text
(13D, 13E, 13F)

6

Internal

AS 90827

Finding Meaning in Today’s World
(13A,13 C, 13I)

6

Internal

AS 90825

Sects, Cults, and  New Religions
(13B, 13E, 13H, 13I)

6

Internal

UF 13J & 13 G

The Church’s story - After Vatican II and Images of the Church

 

 

 

Total

18