The Year 10 Religious Education program places an emphasis on living and understanding the place of our Catholic faith in the wider world. Through the study and discussion of discipleship, decision making and social justice, students come to understand their role in society as young people with beliefs and values. The study of scripture from the Old and New Testaments gives students a greater insight into the sacred text of our tradition whilst the study of the Reformation allows students to explore the notion of challenge and change within the Catholic Church. The Religious Education program is based on the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s guidelines and uses the text To Know, Worship and Love. Students study a range of units from the Content Strands of: Scripture and Jesus; Church and Community; God, Religion and Life; Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments; and Morality and Justice
The Prophetic Message
Students learn about the Old Testament prophets and their message and make links with the message of Jesus Christ, drawing conclusions through a close study of scripture. They reflect on the stages the Old Testament prophet undertakes as well as the call to create the Kingdom of God – the message of Jesus. Finally, students consider all this in terms of their role in the wider world.
The Church has experienced many challenges, one of the greatest being the Reformation. Students learn what led to the Reformation, the role of Martin Luther and the response made by the Catholic Church.
Consistent Ethic of Life
The sanctity of human life is a fundamental teaching which underpins the Catholic understanding of the value of life. Students discuss the Church teaching of the beginning and ending of human life through applying the teaching of the ‘Consistent Ethic of Life’ and consider the application of Christian decision making.
Ancient and Indigenous Spirituality
Students have the opportunity to explore and experience the nature of Indigenous spirituality. This complements the Year 10 Immersion program to Santa Teresa.
Creating a Just World
In this unit students investigate how social justice addresses the underlying causes of poverty and inequality in our world and the difference between charity and social justice. They make a study of a contemporary challenge in the area of social justice and analyse Church documents which respond to these issues. Students apply the ‘See Judge Act’ model to particular issues and analyse Catholic Church Social Teaching.
Students undertake an exam at the end of each semester.
This study prepares students to enter into VCE Units 1of Religion and Society and/or Unit 1 Texts and Tradition.
Students may choose to apply for Religion and Society 3 & 4.
In studying religion at Avila College, students learn about the world and their place in it. They engage in robust discussion about contemporary issues and explore the ways they can live out the words of St Teresa of Avila:
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world.
The skills of analysis, interpretation and communication prepare students for a broad range of courses and careers:
Law, Education, Journalism, Politics, Diplomatic Service, International Studies, Public Service.