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 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
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:
Plays an important part in the life of the College. Students experience various opportunities for prayer, both personal and communal.
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.
Celebrating the beginning of the school year in FebruaryCelebrating the Trinity community on Trinity Day in JuneSaying farewell to our Year 12 students in November
Saying farewell to our Year 12 students in November
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.