As St Teresa's college is a Catholic college, Religious Education is a very important part of our Curriculum. Prayer, Christian Meditation, and Worship form the foundation of our daily lives.
Religious Education has the same status as the other Key Learning Areas at the college and as such there is a formal assessment process followed by all staff. The students in students in Years 7 to 10 study units of work recommended by the Brisbane Catholic Education Office, incorporating Indigenous Spirituality. Students in Year 11 and 12 study Religion and Ethics (SAS subject).Through engagement of Religious Education, students are challenged to be cultural agents in light of the Gospel; authentic witnesses to the mission of Jesus Christ in the world today.
The units studied at the college are:
Religious Education Scope & Sequence
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4|
|Year 7||What's Your Story?
Welcome to St Teresa's
|7 Gifts for you!
Doing good. What if everyone did that?
|The Power of Words|
|Year 8||United States of Faith. Unity and Diversity.
|Mission not Impossible.||Movers and Shakers.
Who Rocked the Church?
|What's God's Plan for me?|
|Year 9||Let there be light.
Good v Evil
|Shine a light on me.
|It's a miracle!
Jesus- the miracle maker
|Learning from the past.
Who do you say God is?
|Year 10||The Mystery of God
Who is God?
|The Courage to care. Why do some good people do nothing?||Making amends.
How can we forgive others?
|Religious voices in the world.
|Year 11||The Australian Scene||Spirituality and ritual||Sacred stories||Sacred Stories + exam|
|Year 12||Good and Evil||Ethics||Social Justice||Decisions and values + exam|
Prayer and Workship
As prayer is integral to the college students regularly pray throughout the day at assemblies and at night. Every Thursday all students gather to celebrate Eucharist with the Ingham parish priest, currently Father Damian McGrath. The students gather in the chapel (St Teresa's parish church - an active local parish with a devotion to St Teresa of the Child Jesus, also known as St Therese of Lisieux). A prepared Mass is lead by Home Room classes in conjunction with teachers.
The Chapel is a special place for our students. It is our Sacred Space. It is a place of quiet reflection for all members of our school community. We also gather to celebrate key Feast days: Ash Wednesday, Blessed Edmund Rice Day, St Teresa's Day, All Saints/All Souls. There are also meaningful Chapel Reflections which enable the whole school to think about key issues in our world today.
Our Patron - St Therese of Lisieux
- It was always her desire to be a nun. She had great faith.
- She lost her mother to cancer when she was 4 years of age.
- She entered the convent at the very young age of 15 after speaking to the Pope.
- She was kind to everybody, even when they treated her badly, this was the “little way” to God, acts of kindness.
- “If we can keep the right attitude, then we can accomplish anything.”
- Therese died at the early age of 24 from Tuberculosis.
Novena Rose prayer to St Therese of Lisieux
O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God to grant the favors
I now place with confidence in your hands . .
(mention in silence here)
St. Therese, help me to always believe as you did in
God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day.
Blessed Edmund Rice
- Edmund Ignatius Rice was born in Ireland at the time of great poverty.
- He was shocked when he saw that no one cared for the poor and homeless children.
- His wife Mary was killed when her horse and carriage overturned. He was devastated.
- He started a school for poor children as no one wanted to teach them.
- Other men came to help Edmund teach the children, they became the Christian Brothers.
- The Christian Brothers came to Australia in 1842, and started their schools, where Christ and Gospel Values were and are in all we do.
- His Feast day is 5th May.
Prayer of Thanks for Blessed Edmund Rice
“O God, we thank you for the life of Blessed Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those who are poor and treated unfairly
May we follow his example of faith, justice, and kindness.
Grant us the courage and care of Blessed Edmund as we seek to live our lives showing kindness and helping others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”