Religious Education

Religious Education at Simonds is centred on the belief that classes are an interactive experience for both teachers and their students.

There is a focus on considering a balance of both knowledge in terms of beliefs and practices within the Church and the experience of what is sacred.

Students are encouraged to allow their identity to grow and their values to strengthen through a range of curriculum encounters. Teachers are mindful of the distinctiveness of their classes and are able to select from a wide range of teaching strategies and curriculum activities. Students are encouraged to view their educational landscape in terms of personal, community and global issues. The delivery of the Gospel message is viewed as one of action and commitment.

At Simonds College, the teachers are continually upgrading their professional knowledge, classroom strategies and ways to enhance the students’ experience of learning. The curriculum focus in terms of content and attitude is:
 

Year 7

For students to gain knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their personal, family, school and religious roles which act to enhance their sense of identity and belonging. Combined with the study of God’s Word through sacred Scriptures, students may realise that God is lovingly ever present in their lives as a guiding moral force and source of enlightenment.
 

Year 8

For students to realise that the context of Jesus’ world is not unlike contemporary living. On a number of levels – social, cultural and religious, the same experiences, themes and issues arise for human beings irrespective of time and place. Jesus ministered in a human landscape and transformed people’s lives. Students may therefore enhance their knowledge, develop their empathy and gain spiritual inspiration from Jesus’ life.
 

Year 9

For students to increase their spiritual knowledge, understanding and insights through their studies of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. As moral guidelines, the different perspectives offered within these scriptures can strengthen students’ appreciation of their religious heritage and values and ideals which underpin Christianity. With the appreciation of Mary’s role in both Jesus’ life and within the contemporary world, students may grow in their understanding of Mary’s devotion, faith and humanity.
 

Year 10

For students to gain an intimate knowledge and understanding of Mark’s Gospel and that they are able to recognise recurring issues and injustices in their own world which require reckoning. The spiritual dimension within the Scripture may enlighten and inspire students to seek just outcomes in their own environment. In time, students may become active exponents of Jesus’ message of making a just society.

 

VCE Religion & Society - Unit 2: Ethics & Morality

For students to achieve sound decision-making processes, the study of Ethics is undertaken. The basis of Ethics underpins what is “right” and “wrong” and concerns the areas of morality and conscience. The decision-making process becomes paramount. Attitudes and actions are scrutinised on a personal, community and global level. The ethical debate which ensues becomes the substance of this course. In a pluralistic society there are going to be obvious differing reasoning processes, evaluations and outcomes. The innate values inherent in various traditions and authorities which are studied become apparent through their alternative beliefs, cultural heritages and perspectives.