Religious Studies at St Clare’s emphasises and values the search for what it means to be fully human. Being a Catholic school this search is pursued during school and class liturgies, during times of quiet reflection and during lesson time.
The goal of Religious Studies in the classroom is to enhance knowledge as this can lead to understanding and tolerance. This tolerance can then lead to compassion and from this we may arrive at Justice, the right ordering of relationships – a prerequisite for inner, national and global peace.
Religion as a subject in the wider curriculum is assessed and reported on in terms of Stage outcomes in the same way as other KLAs.
St Clare’s actively implements the mandatory Diocesan K– 12 Religion Syllabus in all classes throughout the school except when Senior (Stage 6) students choose the Board of Studies (BOS) Studies of Religion Course at either 1 or 2 Unit levels.
The Stage 4 course in RE has recently been redesigned to assist those students coming into Years 7 and 8 from non-Catholic feeder schools and those who have not completed the diocesan Primary RE course. It provides a knowledge base that centres on key learning areas about the Catholic faith tradition and is an introduction to the study of religion in a Catholic Secondary school context.
RE courses in Stage 5 and Stage 6 Catholic Studies are also endorsed by the Board of Studies for both ROSA and the HSC.
In Stage 6 students may choose from either the diocesan course in Catholic Studies which is a 60 hour course in both Years 11 and 12, or, Studies of Religion 1 or 2 Unit courses. These are courses provided by the NSW Board of Studies and run for 60 hours (1 unit) and 120 hours (2 unit) respectively.
Stage 6 Studies of Religion courses can contribute positively to a students’ ATAR. St Clare’s has had a fine tradition of student achievement in Studies of Religion with two students being placed in the Top 10 State Order of Merit in 1 Unit, and three students achieving this accolade in 2 Unit – including First in the State.