St. MacDara’s C.C. is a multi-denominational school. Therefore, all students of different religious traditions are treated equally and no particular religion is focused on any more than another. It is not catechesis that the RE teacher is providing – it is education about what other people who are religious do.
Junior Certificate Programme
The aim of the Junior Certificate religious education is to provide students with a framework for encountering and engaging with the variety of religious traditions in Ireland and elsewhere. The syllabus seeks to promote an understanding and appreciation of why people believe, as well as tolerance and respect for the values and beliefs of all.
In teaching the syllabus particular attention should be given to the following overall aims:
- Fostering awareness that the human search for meaning is common to all peoples, of all ages, of all times.
- Exploring how this search for meaning has found, and continues to find, expression in religion.
- Identifying how understandings of God, religious traditions, and in particular the Christian religion, have contributed to the culture in which we live and continue to have an impact on personal lifestyle, inter-personal relationships and relationships between individuals and their communities and contexts.
- Appreciating the richness of religious traditions and acknowledging the non-religious interpretation of life.
- Contributing to the spiritual and moral development of the student.
The syllabus should be taught with conscious reference to the overall aims of education. Numerous opportunities exist for cross-circular linkages; these can be exploited through the collective teacher planning, through individual teacher initiative and through student exploration.
Junior Certificate Programme
Communities of Faith
Foundations of religion: Christianity
Major World Religions
Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism.
The Question of Faith
The Celebration of Faith
The Moral Challenge
Assessment of Religious Education in the Junior Cert
In common with other syllabuses examined for the purposes of national certification, Religious Education will be assessed at Higher and Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate.
The assessment will consist of two components. These components-a final written paper (one at Ordinary Level and one at Higher) and journal work offer the highest range of opportunities for student’s achievement within practicalities of a national examination, These components reflect the breadth of the aims of the syllabus, which include a range of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes.
|Component||Mark Allocation(O.L.)||Mark Allocation(H.L.)|
|Final written Examination.||80%||80%|
Leaving Certificate Programme
The following are a list of possible topics covered in fifth and sixth year. These may be covered by the teacher in either year, depending on the nature of the class and the relevance of the topic to the students at that time
How you see yourself
The search for meaning
Social justice – racism
Development education – world events and crisis
Responsibilities towards foreign nationals
Vocations to the priesthood
World Religions – Islam/Buddhism/Hinduism
Church teachings at times of religious celebrations
Role of women in the church
Development Education – topical themes such as global warming, racism etc
Cults – Rastafarianism/Scientology
The Death Penalty
Stem cell research
World Religions – Sikhism/Baha’I faith
Mental health issues
Grief and loss