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 Religious Education

Religious Education at Trinity College seeks to give life to the Vision for Religious Education endorsed by the document Religious Education Archdiocese of Brisbane (2013). Thus the College aspires to:

“…educate and form students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.”    (Religious Education Archdiocese of Brisbane, pg. 10, 2013)

This vision refers to two distinct but complimentary dimensions; that of teaching students about religion and teaching students to be religious in a particular way. The College, through its Religious Education Program, promotes both these dimensions drawing upon the Catholic Christian tradition in ways that are mindful of ecumenical and multi-faith realities within our local context.

Teaching Students about Religion:

Teaching students about Religion occurs at the College in formal classroom settings. In Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, students are engaged in seven classroom lessons of Religion per fortnightly cycle.  Whilst students in Years 11 and 12 are involved in nine classroom lessons of Religion per fortnightly cycle, electing to study either Study of Religion or Religion and Ethics. Across all year levels the educational activities of Religion classes at the College aim to develop the religious literacy of students, developing their knowledge, skills and dispositions in order that they can confidently articulate their faith in a variety of religious and secular contexts. There is a particular emphasis on developing knowledge and understanding about the Catholic Christian community, whilst being sensitive to the religious diversity within both the College community and the wider society. To view an overview of each of the units of work that students will be engaged in from Year 7 to 12 please click here.     

Teaching Students to be Religious in a particular way:

Teaching students to be Religious in a particular way refers to the faith formation of students. Such faith development is nurtured through the Religious Life of the College which complements and intersects with the educational endeavours of the Religion classroom. Such faith development is encouraged through a variety of opportunities including:

Prayer 

Plays an important part in the life of the College. Students experience various opportunities for prayer, both personal and communal.

Retreats

The College offers retreats at each year level where, through a variety of different themes, students have the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with others and with their God.

Liturgical Celebrations

Students are encouraged to actively participate in a variety of liturgical celebrations throughout   the year. These include three full school masses:

  • Celebrating the beginning of the school year in February
  • Celebrating the Trinity community on Trinity Day in June
  • Saying farewell to our Year 12 students in November

Social Justice Opportunities

The College provides students with the opportunity to become involved in a variety of social justice initiatives. Opportunities of this nature include collecting tins of food for St. Vincent De Paul, participating in Christmas appeals, being involved in casual clothes days. The donations collected on casual clothes days are donated to a variety of organisations which provide aid to those in need both locally and internationally. Senior students are availed the opportunity to partake in the Rosies Street Retreat Program ministering to the homeless in the local area.

The College also provides opportunities for students to stand in solidarity with others by experiencing firsthand the life and culture of others in either remote Indigenous communities in Australia or in developing countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

REMAR Program

Remar is a Marist program. A co-curricular program for students in Years 10, 11 and 12, Remar seeks to form Christian leaders who are prepared to stand in solidarity with those experiencing disadvantage and injustice, and who are motivated to take action. As such, the program focuses on personal and spiritual development, leadership training, community experience and social justice education and action.