At St Benedict’s College there are two distinct dimensions to Religious Education; there is the classroom teaching of the learning area, Religion and there is the faith development that is encouraged through the Religious Life of the School. These two dimensions complement each other.
The schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educate and form students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.
(Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum P-12 p.10)
The Religious Life of the School P-12 in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is focused on the second dimension of Religious Education, commonly referred to as “teaching people to be religious in a particular way” (Moran, 1991). The Religious Life of the School P-12 provides a lens through which a school may audit and further develop its religious life.
While the College acknowledges the Benedictine values of the Charism it has a particular focus on three areas: Service, Balance, Community. The Benedictine mantra Listen with the Ear of the Heart with Service, Balance and Community are part of the College fabric in our emerging contemporary community.
The Religious Life of the School P-12 comprises four interrelated components:
In the context of St Benedict's College the Religious Life scope and sequence currently looks like this:
Religious Life of the College Scope Sequence
Each of these components, while mutually reinforcing, provides a significant focus on a distinctive aspect of the religious life of the school.
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The spirituality program offers significant opportunities for students to take a break from the everyday school routine. They permit staff and students to reflect on parts of their life journey, nurture positive relationships and through prayer and liturgical experiences develop their spirituality.
Year 7 – The Spirit of St BenedictBeing a secondary school student in the spirit of St Benedict.
Year 8 – The Real GiftThis day encourages students to find and share the giftedness and sacredness within themselves, others and the simple things in life.
Year 9 – MasksThis day is a time to look at positive relationships with God and each other.
Year 10 – Stepping Out Against the CrowdThis day challenges the students to follow Christ by being counter-cultural. It looks at identifying 'community' and what gifts the students can bring to this community.
Year 11 – The Common GoodThis time challenges students to reflect on ways they can lead by loving their neighbour through making a distinctive difference in the community. Underpinning this day is an understading of Catholic social teachings.
Year 12 – RetreatThrough invitation, students are called to see how to live their life more fully. Throughout this Retreat they are invited to recall significant people who have formed them to be the people they are now and reflect on the future we hope them to become as they complete Year 12 and move beyond College life.