To ensure that Religious Education is relevant, vibrant and valid to all students in a multi faith community, RE is taught in a way that is respectful to other Christian traditions and other faiths. The language and activities used do not presuppose religious knowledge or faith. The Religious Life of the College gives students a chance to experience the Catholic tradition within a community. The Religious Life of the College is expressed through the components of Religious Identity and Culture, Prayer and Worship, Evangelisation and Faith Formation and Social Action and Justice. These components are interrelated and lead to a deeper and richer experience of being Catholic and or spiritual. At St Columban’s College, the lens through which all Religious experience is provided is through the Edmund Rice charism and our patron St Columban.
Our Religious celebrations are viewed as significant to the whole community. In an effort to strengthen Catholic Identity of the College we aim to provide parents with an experience of belonging to a Catholic community. The College sees this as an important part of strengthening Catholic Identity because the parents are important role models for the students in regards to spiritual formation. All parents and friends of our community are invited to the House Masses, Inaugural Masses and any key liturgical event in the College calendar. Participation in whole school liturgies is as viewed as an opportunity to educate, include and form the whole community.
As a whole community we celebrate and support:
In each House we celebrate and support:
Each Year level has a Retreat or a camp that includes a Mass celebration with our local Parish Priest Fr Wrex Woolnough. All these events enable our school to promote knowledge, deep understanding and skills about the Catholic and broader Christian tradition within the evangelising mission of the Church.
The Religious Education program at St Columban’s is organised around the teaching of the Religion curriculum and providing rich potentially spiritual/ faith formative experiences to the students, staff and parents of the College. Another key objective of the Religion Program is to ensure that we provide students with results and experiences that will give them a strategic edge around pathways into tertiary study.
The teaching of RE at St Columban’s supplements the Religious life of the College. Teachers of RE explicitly teach students to develop a Religious Literacy that is underpinned by the Catholic tradition. It is hoped that what is learned in the classroom will help the students engage more fully in the Religious life of the College. Students are taught about the Catholic tradition in a way that enables them to critique our contemporary pluralistic society and the global community they encounter. This is achieved in the classroom through the utilisation of the inquiry approach and where possible through an exploration of contemporary issues such as reconciliation, environmental issues, animal welfare, homelessness and refugees. These issues taught through the lens of Catholic Social teaching, will hopefully engage the students and help them to become discerning citizens that are politically, socially aware and challenge them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.