Learners and Learning in the Religious Education Classroom
Senior Secondary Years
The senior secondary curriculum builds on the prior learning in Prep to Year 10, allowing students to use, consolidate and expand on what they have learned. The four interrelated strands of Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life also underpin the senior secondary curriculum, identifying core content that is to be taught and that students should learn.
Archbishop Coleridge's message on the entitlement of learning is that "in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, students in Years 11 and 12 must study an accredited course in Religious Education....Catholic educators, hold in sacred trust the Church's mission to ensure that all students have access to inclusive, excellent Religious Education from Prep to Year 12" (2018).
The curriculum for students in these years of schooling provides them with increased opportunities to make choices about pathways through school and beyond. A range of choices from specialised courses is provided to meet students’ needs and interests:
-Study of Religion General Subject (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority)
-Religion and Ethics Applied Subject (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority)
-Compass - Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
-Compass Plus - Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and
The Religion Curriculum P-12 enables students in the senior secondary years to develop a deeper understanding of the Catholic Christian tradition and an empathetic understanding of the major world religions, as well as a grasp of the impact of religious teachings on the lives of believers. The approach taken respects learners and promotes critical thinking, opening up the possibility for a richer appreciation of self and others.