This year saw change continue within the Religious Education Department! A number of our staff were part of the Catalyst Early Adopters group for the Archdiocese and this has resulted in a number of important changes to teaching practice that have been welcomed by the students in those classes. We have also had teachers using the Seqta learning management system in Semester 2, so girls who have been in these classes will be ready for the full rollout next year.
Our BSSS seniors also got to participate in the new course with units from both World Religions and Religious Studies – hopefully these extra units will enable seniors to undertake a double major or major-minor in coming years. We also had our first intake of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program students for World Religions complete their exams in May. The four girls achieved excellent results for this course with three of the girls achieving the maximum score of 7 and the fourth student a 6!
We continued the implementation of the new curriculum, this year with Year 10, which means that all our junior years are now using this new curriculum. We once again had very large numbers of students involved in the Black Mountain program with two Mentor classes in Year 10 and almost two thirds of Year 9 girls volunteering at BMS throughout the year. It is so encouraging to see the enthusiasm for these programs which really encourage the students to put faith into action.
None of this is possible without a very talented and dedicated Religious Education Department. Our teachers are passionate about what they do and this is obvious in the lessons they plan and the relationships they develop with their students.
Religious Education Coordinator