Religious Education Department

Head of Department (Junior)

Shannon Hoolihan

Head of Department (Senior)

Matthew McGrath


The Nature of Religious Education at Holy Spirit College

The Holy Spirit College Religious Education programs seek to connect with students at their level and expose them to the humanity of religion as it exists and has existed since the birth of human civilisations. By learning about the diversity of spirituality around the world, students are able to focus meaningfully on developing an understanding of their own faith journeys and that of others.

Religious Education contributes to the moral, intellectual, social and spiritual development of all students at Holy Spirit College. As such the courses of study ensure that students experience the value and meaning of learning about religious faith with the same rigour as learning in any other subject. The community desires that students know and understand the Catholic tradition and incorporate this into their faith journey. At the same time they want students to be able to think independently and make choices for themselves based on a growing knowledge of, and relationship with, God.

Religious Education is highly valued by the Holy Spirit College community. Parents and the school expect students to develop in their understanding of: the Catholic faith; related moral and social values; themselves and their community. Religious Education is valued as a vehicle for providing students with a solid foundation for future spiritual, moral and social growth.

Religious Education
Religious Education in Year 8 deals with the foundations of Catholic faith and practice. To this end, students do four term-length units covering topics which deal with their own identity, the College, family and community, Bible use, Jesus and his life, Church etiquette and symbols, the Eucharist and prayer in its different forms and the ability to organise and participate in prayer and liturgy.

Religious Education
Year 9 Religious Education exposes students to a range of personal development topics including relationships and inspiring figures. Students are provided with an opportunity to reflect on their ideas and understanding of their place in the world. Other topics include a contextual study of Hebrew Scriptures and Christian History from Constantine to the Renaissance.

Religious Education
The Year 10 Program seeks to prepare students for senior studies and focuses on enhancing student skills in research techniques and responses to hypotheses based extended written tasks. Students study the Gospels from a historical critical perspective and the role development of the Catholic Church in Australia. Further units enable the students to reflect on destiny, human purpose and the development of personal conscience.


Study of Religion – OP

To help students understand and appreciate:

  • their own patterns of belief
  • the religious tradition to which they belong
  • different religious interpretations of life
  • the phenomenon of religion
  • the beliefs, attitudes and values of others.

Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology – non-OP

Certificate lll in Christian Ministry and Theology has the overarching purpose of enabling students to do theology at an elementary level. It is designed to:

  • develop students’ skills of studying and discussing theology
  • encourage students to apply theological principles in personal life and ministry

The course seeks to enable students to study, internalise and communicate:

  • the nature of God’s presence and mystery
  • the nature and manner of God’s self-communication through sacred Scripture and through the Word-made-flesh, Jesus Christ
  • the identity and role of the Church as people of God and sacrament of God’s presence
  • what it means to live Christian lives

This Certificate is delivered at HSC and registered through the Institute of Faith and Life as the Registered Training Organisation. The course is nationally accredited and contains four modules across the two years of senior study. Students who successfully complete the course will gain five credits towards their Queensland Certificate of Education. This course may also be of assistance to Vocation Education students in accessing tertiary studies after Year 12.

Religion and Ethics

Religion and Ethics is by application and interview only.  This structure is explicitly designed to allow students to study an additional OP subject to support specific and targeted career and study goals.  Enrolment in this program relies on an additional commitment of 55 hours over and above the school timetable structure drawing on lunchtime, after school and exam block sessions as well as involvement in HSC community service activities.

Course Overview – Possible Topics of Study:

  • The Australian Scene
  • Sacred Stories
  • Social Justice
  • Religious Citizenship
  • Spirituality