St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

Religious Education

Teachers
Miss Shauna Rose Pickering
Miss Shauna Bigmore

Religious Education forms part of the core curriculum in St Louis.  All aspects of school life are underpinned by the teaching of Christ and the Religious Studies programme of study reflects this.


Faith Development

The academic and catechetical programme of Religious Education in St Louis incorporates a vast array of opportunities for students to develop their spiritual and moral selves. Faith Development involves supporting students in the process of recognising, articulating and reflecting on the experience of God in their lives. There are numerous opportunities for such Faith Development in St Louis through charitable acts such as the annual shoe box appeal, school trips to Lourdes and Romania, Catholics Caring, St Vincent de Paul Hampers to name a few.  There are also retreats organised for the pupils as well as class Masses.  Our Chaplain Father G. Lyons plays a key role in the faith formation of St Louis pupils through his work in the school.  Liturgical events throughout the school year play a key part in Faith Development. Annual celebrations include, end of Year Masses (Yr 12/14), Ash Wednesday Services, Lenten reflections and Masses, Easter Liturgies, Staff Prayer Services, start of term School Masses, November remembrance services, a whole school penitential service, Advent masses, Penitential services and Christmas Liturgies .

Religious Education at KS3

Key Stage 3 students follow the Fully Alive revised resource especially commissioned to suit the needs of the Revised Curriculum and in tandem with Diosecan guidelines. This resource is supplemented by the RE Department with units of work deemed appropriate to our school ethos and the revised curriculum. 

GCSE Religious Studies

All students at Key Stage 4 take the AQA Syllabus A GCSE course in Religious Studies. Units of study include:

  • Unit 3: Roman Catholicism
  • Unit 4: Roman Catholic Ethics

Unit 3: Roman Catholicism (Year 11)

Candidates studying this unit will be expected to be aware of the common ground that all Christians share, and of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions, including the reasons for their distinctions. However, there will be an emphasis on Roman Catholic belief and practice.  A specific study of the history of the Christian Church is not required. Candidates will be expected to know and understand the proper terms for aspects of Christian faith and practice which form part of the subject content.

Topics include:

1. Beliefs and Sources of Authority

2. Sacraments of Initiation

3. Places of Worship

4. Worship

5. The Eucharist

6. Festivals

Unit 4: Roman Catholicism: Ethics (Year 12)

This unit will examine the effect of the Roman Catholic Tradition upon aspects of Christian lifestyle and behaviour.  Candidates will need to be aware of the distinctive effect of the Roman Catholic tradition. Candidates will be expected to make full use of their knowledge and understanding of the biblical passages specified below. Credit will be given for the relevant use of additional biblical material.

 

Topics include:

1. Christian Values

2. Christian Marriage

3. Christian Vocation

4. Christian Reconciliation

5. Christian Healing

6. Christian Responses to Global Issues


Each unit accounts for 50% of the total Full Course marks.
Candidates take TWO written papers – 1 hr 30 minutes each

As of September 2012, assessment has returned to a linear route. Students will sits both papers at the end of Year 12.

AS/A2 Religious Studies

Why choose Religious Studies to this level?
Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel, and believe. Through studying Religious Studies, students get a broad look at how religion and spirituality form the basis of our culture.
Religious Studies also helps students develop marketable skills and aptitudes including:

  • analytical and strategic thinking;
  • research skills;
  • critical evaluation;
  • the ability to work with abstract, conceptual ideas;
  • an ability to 'understand both sides' and negotiate and resolve conflict;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • leadership skills;
  • understanding of the impact of conflicting ideologies; and
  • an appreciation of human diversity, belief systems, cultural and spiritual experiences.

These skills are particularly useful for future careers in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration or the media.

Course Content:
At St Louis we study CCEA 4612 AS/A2 Religious Studies.
The units of study are:

  • AS/2 2:  An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles/A Study of Acts, Galatians and 1 Corinthians
  • AS/2 5: The Origins of the Celtic Church in Ireland and the beginnings of its missionary outreach/ A Study of the Development and Impact of the Celtic Church in the 5th, 6th and 7th Centuries

There is no coursework component in this subject at this level. 

This course appeals to students who:

  • enjoy stimulating and lively discussion;
  • enjoy finding out answers, not just being told them;
  • want to develop an enquiring mind; and/or
  • want to research and develop independent learning

 

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