In the RE Department we aim to:
- To help students to grow in their love of God and in their knowledge and understanding of the person of Jesus and of the teaching and practices of the Catholic Church and of other Christian denominations.
- To consider Christian and secular responses to moral issues and to relate these views to their own lives and goals.
- To enable students to reflect on their experience of life and on what gives our lives meaning and purpose.
- To help students to deepen their knowledge, understanding and respect of themselves, others and the world.
- To develop their own thinking and reasoning on questions of faith, to be better able to answer, ‘What do I believe and why?’
Importantly, it is not expected that pupils entering year 7 will have a developed knowledge of Christianity. In this respect pupils coming from non-Christian Prep/Primary Schools, or those whose families do not attend church, will not be disadvantaged.
Key Stage 3
The girls follow the curriculum of ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ CTS series.
In year 7 we focus on
- What it means to be Marist
- The word of God (the Bible) and Jesus
- Advent and the Nativity of Our Lord
- The Mass
- The Sacraments with a particular focus on Baptism and Reconciliation
- Holy Week and Easter
- Key features of a Christian Church
In year 8 the girls study
- Creation and Covenant
- Prophets and Prophecy
- Christianity in Britain
- The Trinity with a focus on the Holy Spirit
- The Sacrament of Confirmation.
In year 9 the modules are
- Pilgrimage and Prayer
- Conscience and Moral Decision Making
- Jesus of the Gospel and an Introduction to Mark’s Gospel
Key Stage 4
All pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies course. This is split into two sections. The first is Mark’s Gospel, which is worth 50% of the GCSE and is sat at the end of year 10. The second is ‘Religion and Life based on a study of Christianity’, which looks at reasons people have for believing or not believing in God, Christian stances on matters of life after death, marriage and the family and community cohesion.
Every year the girls in Key Stages 3 and 4 participate in a one day retreat at the Comboni Fathers’ House in Sunningdale. This gives them the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God and one another. The retreat days often involve outside speakers, from a number of different Christian denominations, who help to engage the girls in a topic that is of particular relevance for their age group. The day ends with an extended time of prayer, drawing on the theme on the day.
Girls are also offered other retreat opportunities on a voluntary basis. In the past these have included a visit to the Franciscan Friars of Renewal in Canning Town and a retreat at the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey.