Religious Education Department

Dean of Religious Education & Languages

Matthew McGrath

Religious Education (Junior) – Coordinator

Cecilia Hyde


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.


YEAR 10 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 receive an introduction to World Religious traditions and their leaders. Further units enable the students to reflect on destiny, human purpose and the development of personal conscience based on religious and secular philosophical models.

YEARS 11 & 12

Study of Religion – OP

Study of Religion is an academic course of study provided for students who are undertaking a six line OP course.  It is a humanities based study which encompasses key Core Curriculum Elements (CCEs) while still being a highly effective vehicle for delivery of the college’s Senior Religious Education Program.   Students will develop excellent research, presentation and report and essay writing skills that will serve them well in further university study or employment.  Study of Religion will contribute equally towards a student’s OP Score and QCE.

Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology – Vocational  10432NAT

Certificate III 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.
  • This Certificate is delivered at HSC and registered through the Institute of Faith Education as the Registered Training Organisation (Provider No. 31402). The course is nationally accredited and contains four modules across the two years of senior study. Students who successfully complete the course will gain eight 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 weekly lunchtime and after school sessions and full day exam block seminars as well as involvement in HSC community service activities.


YEAR 7 Religious Education

Religious Education in Year 7 deals with the foundations of Catholic faith and practice.  Students complete four term-length courses covering a variety of topics. Term 1 is focussed on Initiation into Community which centres on self and family, the school and church communities and sacraments of initiation. Term 2 deals with Tradition, Symbolism and Prayer which includes Catholic Rituals such as the Eucharist, the Rosary and other prayers, Church etiquette and symbols. Term 3 is about the Life and Person of Jesus and looks at His life and mission, miracles and parables.  Term 4 is Discovering God which uncovers images of God in the Bible and applies scripture to contemporary religious and social scenarios.

YEAR 8 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.

YEAR 9 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.