The Religious Education Curriculum provides the Catholic Schools of Aotearoa New Zealand, with a systematic approach to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Religious Education Curriculum, although intentionally educational, does aim to help students to develop a relationship with God and to witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ by the way they live. The programme also aims to teach material that is theologically sound.
The Year 7 & 8 classes follow the Religious Education Programme For Catholic Primary Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand as approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand. As they have composite classes of Year 7 & 8, they follow a Year A & B timetable.
Learning Strand - GOD – TE ATUA – IO MATUA KORE
Year 7 Focus: God’s desire for Humanity
Year 8 Focus: The Mystery of God
Learning Strand – JESUS CHRIST – HEHU KARAITI
Year 7 Focus: Saviour and Liberator
Year 8 Focus: His values and the Role of Disciples Today
Learning Strand – THE HOLY SPIRIT – TE WAIRUA TAPU
Year 7 Focus: The Holy Spirit in Scripture
Year 8 Focus: The Mission of the Holy in the Church and in the World
Learning Strand- CHURCH – Community of Disciples – TE WHANAU A TE KARAITI
Year 7 Focus: The Teaching Church
Year 8 Focus: The Living Church
Learning Strand – SACRAMENT - HAKARAMETA
Year 7 Focus: Called for others
Year 8 Focus: Commitment
Learning Strand – COMMUNION OF SAINTS – TE KOTAHITANGA O TE HUNGA TAPU
Year 7 Focus: Choices
Year 8 Focus: Life, Death and Christian Hope
Year 9-13 classes follow Understanding Faith, the Religious Education Programme for Catholic Secondary Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand as approved by our Bishops.
Year 9 Topics:
9A MY STORY, OUR STORY
9B THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS
9C EUCHARIST AND THE CHURCH’S YEAR
9D THE CHURCH’S STORY – THE BEGINNINGS
9E CREATION AND CO-CREATION
9F THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CHURCH IN AOTEAROA
9G RECOGNISING SIGNS OF GOD
9H SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
10A DISCOVERING OUR IDENTITY
10B JOURNEY STORIES
10C THE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EUCHARIST
10D THE CHURCH’S STORY – THE MIDDLE AGES
10E INSPIRING MEN AND WOMEN
10F SINFULNESS AND RECONCILIATION
10G THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS
10H EXPRESSIONS OF CATHOLIC LIFE
At Years 11, 12 & 13, students have the opportunity to sit approved Achievement Standards and to gain NCEA credits at Levels 1, 2, & 3. Each Achievement Standard is worth 6 credits and a minimum of 18 credits is offered at each level. These AS are all internally assessed.
As required by the NZ Catholic Bishops, the Understanding Faith Curriculum continues to be studied while NCEA assessments are focused on three of four broad areas: Sacred Text (Scripture), Ethics, Sacred Beliefs and Church history.
Many students will also have the opportunity to work on more practical or creative units in spirituality and faith. A few may work on relevant Unit Standards where these are available.
Level 1 Achievement Standards towards NCEA LEVEL 1
Sacred Text: Understanding the Gospel Story
Ethics: Moral Decision Making
Belief: The Trinity and Reverence For Life
History: The Reformation
Level 2 Achievement Standards towards NCEA LEVEL 2
Sacred Text: Biblical Studies
Ethics: Christian Morality
Belief: Loss, Death, Grief and Dying
History: Christian Art, Architecture and Music
Level 3 Achievement Standards credit for NCEA LEVEL 3 and UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE
Sacred Text: Who is Jesus the Christ?
Ethics Current Religious Issues e.g. Bioethics.
Belief: Exploring Meaning