Acting Head of Religious Education

Religious Education at Loreto Normanhurst

At Loreto, Religious Education is about acceptance, respect, understanding and tolerance of different faiths, all while learning. That is because throughout life people learn, and as they learn, they grow with Christ. The way we treat one another, the way we interact and the activities we participate in, all contribute to learning, because each provides meaning to the understanding of the world.

At Wednesday’s assembly, Ms  Watkins read a powerful prayer based on peace and justice throughout the world, reiterating that the study of religion is relevant everywhere in the school, including the playground, the classroom and at school assemblies. As we prayed for peace we reflected on the recent events throughout the world, demonstrating that Religious Education plays an integral part in the lives of our students and  our teachers.

Loreto is also a place where studies of other religious traditions take place. This month, the Jewish community celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. This event commemorates the anniversary of the day that God gave the Torah to the Israelite nation at Mount Sinai. During this same month, the Muslim community reflects on the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, where the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to Muhammad. During this time, it is obligatory for the Muslim community to fast as they reflect on the importance of their God. 

As part of the Religious Education curriculum, students are given the opportunity to study and experience all that the world has to offer. Next term, Year 7 will engage in an investigative study into the different World Religions, where they will present their research in a creative form, while the Stage 6 Studies of Religion syllabus encompasses Depth Studies of both Islam and Judaism. This course also includes the study of Interfaith Dialogue, where students are provided with physical examples of how acceptance, respect, understanding and tolerance is practiced throughout the world. Claire Hassall, a student studying the 2 Unit Studies of Religion course describes the study of Interfaith Dialogue:

“I was interested to learn about the conversations and interactions that different faiths have about world issues, working together to promote peace and harmony. I feel this is very important and increasingly relevant given the current status of our world.”

Therefore, as we engage with our brothers and sisters throughout the world to reflect on the significant events in their calendars, may we also join together united in prayer to pray for the recent world events. May we continue to grow and learn as God taught us through scripture:

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone, Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

 

Mr Jason Currao

Acting Head of Religious Education