Religion
As part of the Christian Brothers’ Independent Schools system, St Edward’s embraces the deepest Catholic principles and Christian values. These principles have their foundation on the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ as presented by the Catholic Church.

The College also takes its direction from the spirit and charism of the Founder of the Christian Brothers – Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.

Structure

At St Edward’s College all students are required to study Religious Education. In the senior school students have a choice to study either the 1 Unit Board Developed Course – Studies of Religion, or the school based 1 Unit Content Endorsed Course – Catholic Studies. Years 7- 10 study Religion for three periods per week. Years 11 and 12 study Religion for two periods per week.

Rationale

The Religious Education program at St Edward‘s provides for a study of Religion in our contemporary culture. This study of Religions and religious issues provide students with opportunities for clarifying their own beliefs and values. It aims at helping students acquire knowledge, understanding and affective appreciation of the Christian religious tradition in the context of the modern world.

Content

The essence of the Catholic faith teaches its followers to love God and love your neighbour as you love yourself. At St Edward’s College special emphasis is placed upon areas of study that are of particular relevance to developing adolescents. Therefore our RE program contains units of study which enable our students to learn about their own self-esteem, personal growth and development, eg The Gospel Today, Being a Catholic, Reverence for Life, Conscience and Decision Making. We have units of study which deal directly and indirectly with Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander and Interfaith Dialogue issues in Australia, eg Aboriginal Spirituality, Social Justice, The Sacraments of Forgiveness and healing ( Reconciliation), Catholic Church in Australia. We also teach our students about other cultures throughout the world by studying other World Religions.

Spiritual Life

Opportunities for students to develop their Faith and the practice of it, are provided not only by regular classroom religious instruction but also by formal and informal Liturgical celebrations. These celebrations are provided by the teachers of the College and the Priests of the Central Coast. The Spiritual Life of any Catholic College should have it’s beginnings in each home: St Edward’s is no exception.

On a regular basis throughout the Year, the celebration of the Eucharist – the central action of our Catholic Faith – is provided for the whole school community. Days of Reflection and/or Retreat experiences are provided for all students.

With the Spiritual Life being the central focus of the daily life of the College, it is an expectation that all students who seek enrolment at St Edward’s College, enter into Religious Education in a positive manner and participate fully in its celebrations when these occasions occur.

The EREA Charter

All schools and educational entities in the Edmund Rice tradition across Australia are bound by a Charter which identifies four touchstones authentically linked with the Charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and which underpin the ministry in our schools and educational endeavors.

These touchstones help us set our direction and define our goals as, following Blessed Edmund’s example, we continue to reflect and to seek to make the Gospel a living reality in our communities. St Edward’s College is an authentic Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. Living these touchstones gives Edmund Rice Education Australia a special position in educating for liberation and possibility.

Liberating Education

We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.

Gospel Spirituality

We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.

Inclusive Community

Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

Justice and Solidarity

We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

Each school and educational entity within Edmund Rice Education Australia is called to be authentic to The Charter. The Charter aims to inspire school communities to foster energetically the vision of a charismatic leader, Blessed Edmund Rice, in the Spirit of Christ and the educational mission of the Catholic Church. The formulation of the Charter was the result of consultation and collaboration by Edmund Rice Education Australia with the schools and educational entities throughout Australia.

As a living document, the Charter continues to evolve through review and reflection as the demands of our changing times are read and interpreted in the light of the unchanging Gospel.

This Charter document was proclaimed on 22 August 2011.

Courses

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Year 7 Religion Year 9 Religion Catholic Studies
Year 8 Religion Year 10 Religion Studies of Religion