Year 7 and 8 are enjoying the experience of the revised Sydney Catholic Schools Syllabus. Teachers are working to implement the new courses and the support we are receiving form Sydney Catholic Sschools’ office is appreciated. The current Year 7 unit is about being Stewards of Creation and caring for the created world in light of the Genesis promise. Year 8 are looking at Alive in Christ and the moral obligations on all humanity to live a life worthy of the sacrifices made by Christ. Year 9 students’ study of Judaism was accentuated by their visit to the Great Synagogue, where they experienced a tour of the building and the ornate decorations of the Torah scrolls. They also toured several Christian Cathedrals in the city of Sydney. They experienced the historical crypt and the flying buttresses of St Mary’s Cathedral and have just finished a unit focused on the Catholic Church in Australia. The early Catholics struggled to keep their faith alive in the priestless years and their legacy is seen in the significant role of the laity in the Australian Church today. Year 10 Community Service students have been spending their Thursday afternoons engaged with the community in local Nursing Homes and Homeless shelters. They have reflected on their experience in light of Gospel values, recalling the need of all people to live in a Christlike manner. The next group of Year 10 students will take up the challenges of Community Service in Semester 2 in conjunction with their study of Mark’s Gospel.
Year 11 and 12 are engaged in varying aspects of the world’s Religious Traditions. With Year 11 two unit students completing their Viva Voce on Buddhism and Christianity. Year 11 1 Unit students are well on their way to understanding religious worldviews and the significant role of religion in society. The need for peace in our world and the substantial role religion has in supporting this effort was highlighted by Year 12 2 Unit students in their oral presentation on Religion and Peace. As all our Year 12 students work towards Trial Examinations, we continue to support them in their learning and sustain them with our prayers. Teaching in the Religious Education department are Mrs Berlage, Mr Cameron, Ms Canty, Ms Clancy, Mr Dunn, Mrs Ferguson, Ms Fowler, Mrs Heyen, Ms Hunt, Ms Inman, Ms O’Keeffe, Ms Partington, Mrs J Ryan and Ms Somers.
Religious Studies coordinator
Q and A with Archbishop Fisher
On Friday 19 May student representatives from Sydney Archdiocesan schools gathered at Notre Dame University to meet with our Bishop. We were encouraged to engage in issues that face youth in the church today. His Grace gave an inspiring talk on what it is like to be a leader- the expectations involved and how to serve the wider community. He encouraged us in our role as youth leaders in the Catholic Church and acknowledged the challenges we face in leadership today. They encouraged us to continue our involvement, and to collaborate with other students to think about how we as a church could respond to the pressing issues of our world. The Archbishop was open-minded when it came to questions and he really wanted to hear our thoughts, concerns and queries. We had the opportunity to pose question and hear responses from both Bishops on the issues concerning us. Both Bishops celebrated Mass with us at St Benedict’s Church in the grounds of Notre Dame University. The overarching theme was the upcoming Catholic Youth Festival in Australia, an endeavour similar to World Youth Day. It was a very interesting and thought-provoking day
By Carla Field and Harriet Nolan