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. During a week of community service they have the opportunity to live those beliefs and values. The two Reflection days similarly focus on the ways in which they can live out their faith every day. 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
Students make a study of various passages from both the Old and New Testaments which allow a close study of Jesus and His role in Jerusalem times. Students learn how to analyse and write an exegesis upon selected passages related to the themes of discipleship and the Kingdom of God. During this term students also prepare for a week of community service.
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.
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 propose ways to respond, with consideration of scriptural and Catholic Church Social Teaching.
This study prepares students to enter into VCE Units 1 – 4 Religion and Society and/or Unit 1 Texts and Tradition.
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 our patron 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.