RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The Religious Education KLA has implemented and developed a progressive approach to teaching Faithful to God; Faithful to People

The Religious Education KLA has implemented and developed a progressive approach to teaching Faithful to God; Faithful to People. (The Religious Education Program taught in the Wollongong diocese). Students and teachers also welcome the challenge of the academically rigorous Studies of Religion (I and II unit) BOS course. With the clear aim of increasing student engagement, students in Years 9 – 10 as well as Year 11 and 12 Catholic Studies experience their Religious Education classes on rotation. This is done unit by unit. The teachers are committed to drawing on their own teaching strengths and areas of expertise to ensure that lessons are interesting and relevant. As well as this, there is a commitment to team teaching and working collaboratively. All RE teachers look forward to further professional learning in the area of co-teaching and co-operative learning.

Knowing

The teachers of Religious Education are committed to developing the religious literacy of the students. Year 7 students have a major introduction to being Catholic and what it means to be a member of the John Therry community. Year 8 Students, in particular, have been focused on extending their religious literacy through the Diocesan Religious Literacy Project. The Early Christian Community Day was a fantastic addition to the Religious Literacy program. Students deeply engaged in the life of the early Christians beginning with Pentecost, including their persecution.


Learning

The Religious Education KLA has continued to implement and develop a progressive approach to teaching Faithful to God; Faithful to People. There have been exciting learning experiences added to the Stage 4 and 5 programs. This will be great preparation for their senior study. Year 9 have been working on storytelling to bring Bible stories to life. In addition, Year 7 and 8 have engaged in a Challenge based learning projects. Students have encountered a range of learning experiences including learning through simulation games, encounters and excursions.

Students experience a range of excursions – Year 11 SOR encountered the Nan Tien Temple as well as 2 unit SOR students visiting the Great Synagogue and the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque. There have wonderful experiences when Year 9 visited Wollongong beaches and did the Emmaus Walk as their reflection day. The excursion to the Mary MacKillop Museum at North Sydney was highly valued by the Year 8 students. We believe strongly in providing students with a range of experiences to support and engage them in their learning.

 

Learning

The Religious Education KLA has continued to implement and develop a progressive approach to teaching Faithful to God; Faithful to People.

Knowing

The teachers of Religious Education are committed to developing the religious literacy of the students. Year 7 students have a major introduction to being Catholic and what it means to be a member of the John Therry community.

Celebrating

It is always a wonderful experience when the John Therry community gather to celebrate in prayer and Eucharistic liturgy - there are wonderful moments of Grace.

 
 

 

Living

There have been many opportunities for the students to live the teachings of their Catholic faith. The Various Retreat and reflection days have allowed students to have time out with God and to really think about who they are and how they want to live their lives as good young men and women in the world. Year 11 went to Tallong and Mittagong in November and had a wonderful experience. Year 9 and 10 had several Reflection experiences as a part of their camp weeks. Some of our Year 11 students attended the WATAC (Women and the Catholic Church) Symposium focusing on Religion and peace in the world; which has greatly influenced the way they see their role in the world.

Celebrating

It is always a wonderful experience when the John Therry community gather to celebrate in prayer and Eucharistic liturgy. There have been wonderful moments of Grace. Each year we take a Marist theme and this year’s theme was developed around the theme of service: in particular to serve one another. During our first assembly, we acknowledged the way our community lives this call to service when invited to be involved:
  • Our Project Compassion and Lenten Appeal
  • The Rice Challenge
  • The Winter Appeal
  • Cash Cans Coins and Comfort
  • World’s Biggest Shave
  • Winter Sleep Out
  • The Macarthur Walk against Cancer
  • Supporting Catholic Mission
  • Supporting Marists in Solidarity
  • Our own Marist Immersion in 2014 to Cambodia
  • Year 11 Community Service
  • The teachers and students who help out at the homework club
  • Referees, Coaches, Managers
  • Reflection Day challenges
  • John Therry Week House Days
  • The Vinnies Christmas Luncheon

From the Opening Mass through to Ash Wednesday, to the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat and onto the Year 12 Graduation and the Advent Mass … our community is growing in its love of celebrating as a Marist family. We could not do this without the ongoing support of Fr Chris Sarkis and Fr Hugh Dowdell and the Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Rosemeadow.