Religious Education

Religious Education Department Staff

Mr J Girkins (Principal Teacher)
Mr S McCole

Religious education plays an important part in the life of the school. We recognise that the religious formation of our young people is not confined to school alone.

Parents and the local Churches also have an important part to play in this. The role of the school is not to take over the work of parents or the Church, but to complement it, and work in partnership with these groups.

At the beginning of every day, all classes say the school prayer.

Every pupil receives two 53 minute periods of religious education per week.

Responsibility for organising the course and providing appropriate books and materials lies with the principal teacher of religious education.

R.E. Course Aims

  • To enable pupils to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Christianity.
  • To stimulate and challenge pupils to critically examine their own attitudes towards religion and life.
  • To examine the nature and importance of personal faith and commitment.
  • To provide scope and encouragement for pupils to develop an intelligent, thoughtful and self critical faith which respects their freedom and is the result of a personal process of growth, search and discovery.

The course is arranged in themes which include all the main elements of Christianity. Care has been taken to try to relate the various parts of the course to the intellectual, social and religious development of our pupils. Senior pupils have the opportunity of studying some religious topics in greater depth, including the study of certain world religions other than Christianity.

It is also important to point out that the process of religious education is not confined to the RE classroom or to the formal curriculum. Within the corporate life of the school religion plays a prominent part. The school has a chaplain, Father Eoin Patten, nominated by the Bishop who coordinates the work of parish clergy from the area. They visit the school on a regular basis and help to implement a suitable liturgical and pastoral programme. We also have an Oratory which is used for a range of services.

The school tries to be a community of faith. We have a Chaplaincy Team which brings together the school and the community to help promote the spiritual life of the school. We also have a pro-life group, a justice and peace group and a prayer group. These form very positive links with the local and wider Catholic community.

Parents are the first and most important educators in the faith. We feel entitled to the support of parents when we try to develop in their children’s religious knowledge and practice.

Local authority policies and advice from the Scottish Office Education Department set out in circular 6/91 and the Catholic Education Commission are all taken into account when the school forms policies on Religious Education and Observance.

If for some reason, a parent who wishes to exercise their right to withdraw a child from religious education or observance within the school, they should feel free to contact the Head Teacher to discuss this issue.

Parents from ethnic minority religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school in order to celebrate recognised religious events. Only written requests detailing the proposed arrangements will be considered. Appropriate requests will be granted on not more than three occasions in any one school session and the pupil noted as an authorised absentee in the register.

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