The Religious Education curriculum at the College is a thriving element of our educational program and is supported by many meaningful faith-formation experiences throughout each year.
Our commitment to our students through our Religious Education is grounded in our understanding of all people – we see them as ‘thriving people, capable learners, leaders for the world God desires.’ (CESA 2023).
Our faith formation experiences offer opportunities for students to nurture and promote our Catholic faith. As such, they have the major aim of supporting and evangelising the personal faith of students.
St Mark’s College, founded on the Traditions of the Good Samaritan Sisters and the Salesian charter, offers immense possibilities for the spiritual growth of the students, families and staff of St Mark’s College.
The Religious Education Curriculum and faith formation experiences offer a time of renewing and focussing on:
Religious education is a continuum and all members of the St Mark’s community are at different places in their understanding and experience.
Wherever you may be, we are excited to meet you where you are and walk beside you as you grow.
In Catholic education, we explore all perspectives of issues and engage in dialogue with other religions and a contemporary worldview. Every student is seen and heard and has an opportunity to share, learn and explore.
Throughout the year our students participate in religious celebrations like masses, feast days, retreats and the sacramental programs. These celebrations may seem daunting, or unfamiliar at first, and our community will support all students to feel welcome and participate respectfully in these important events which are part of our culture, tradition and values.
We find our students at Benedict are full of joy in their learning about Religion which often encompasses signing and play. Building on this into the secondary years, our students at Bosco are able to apply their knowledge in different ways such as social justice initiatives.
We do not ask or expect our students to become Catholics, although we will gladly support our students and families if and when they decide this is something they would like to do. We do ask our students and families to engage respectfully in our learning and liturgical celebrations as they are the foundation of our school.
Our students in Year 7 are invited to participate in preparing for the celebration of Confirmation. The emphasis on this Sacrament is on Christian service and witness with students actively engaged in learning within the local and diocesan church. Students have the opportunity to interact with the Bishop and to proclaim their commitment to their faith and a renewal of baptismal promises.
No students are excluded as the topics covered encompass the wellbeing of self and others and therefore assist all students in developing pastorally, regardless of their religious affiliation.
Students who are not in Years 3, 4 or 7 who would like to prepare for Sacraments are advised to contact the St Mark's Presbytery on 8632 3977 for further details.