The Religion, Social Sciences and Humanities Department, in keeping with the Board’s vision, is committed to expressing and teaching our Catholic Values. The goal of the department is to have each student grow to be a responsible, wise follower of Christ. Our aim is to have the students leave our school aware of their responsibility to each other, the community at large and their stewardship of the earth. In essence, the goal is to assist them in becoming true, moral thinkers and realizing that God has created each one of us to be good.
The major areas of study in Religious Education courses in Catholic secondary schools are organized into six distinct but related strands: Sacred Scripture, Profession of Faith, Christian Moral Development, Prayer and Sacramental Life and finally, Family Life Education. While at Notre Dame, students will learn about Rights and Responsibilities, Stewardship of Creation, Promotion of Peace, the importance of Community and the Common Good.
Listed below, is a brief description of each grade’s courses:
Grade 9: This course engages students in the examination of the Christian narrative as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students will learn a deeper understanding of both the joy and the demands of living out the call to follow the teachings of Jesus as it is described in the Scriptures. Students explore discipleship as encountered in the Sacred Tradition of the Church (Sacraments, Liturgical Year and Church Teaching and Law), as part of their ongoing personal growth and faith understanding. Using theological reflection, they will explore the connections and disconnections of ethical concepts (euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, etc.) between the Church and contemporary culture.
Grade 10: This course both invites and challenges the adolescent to personalize the Gospel values and social justice principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture as disciples of Jesus. Students will explore the following topic; what it means to be human beings, created in God’s image, what is culture, living together in solidarity, social justice, prayer and sacrament, friendship and intimacy. The relationship between the living Church and contemporary world are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible Christian adolescent in a secularized, pluralistic world.
Grade 11: This course engages students in the examination of the great religions of the world, particularly Judaism, Christianity, Islam as well as the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Spiritualties. The goal of this course is to help students understand the basic similarities and differences between the religious traditions so they can interact with others with acceptance and familiarity. With the knowledge of this course, students ought to be able to understand more clearly the world’s religious affairs.
Grade 12: This course enables students to deepen their understanding of how the Church engages contemporary culture with faith and reason, in pursuit of love, justice, and the common good. Students will learn how living the vocation of a virtuous life, filled with the joy of the Gospel can transform them and society from within, allowing God to reign in human hearts. Students will also refine research and inquiry skills.
(Course descriptions taken from the Institute for Catholic Education)