Learning Innovation

Religious Education

The aim of Religious Education is to provide all Avila College students with a broad understanding of Christian beliefs and practices.

Students learn about how Christians celebrate special events such as Easter and Christmas, how Christians pray and characters and stories from the Bible.

Cross and candles

The Religious Education program is based on the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s guidelines and utilises 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. Laptop computers are used to research, consolidate and present concepts covered in these units.

Students discover the history of Avila College, when it was founded and by whom. They study the Presentation Sisters and their founder Nano Nagle, then research Teresa of Avila and learn how her life shapes what we do here at Avila College.

Students learn about the significance of Holy days, symbols and colors of the Catholic Liturgical Year.

REThe Prayer unit covers the different ways in which Christians pray. The prayer types include petition, intercession, thanksgiving, mediation and blessing. Students learn to identify the style, purpose of these prayers, and produce original examples of each.

The Eucharist is central to the Catholic faith and is a celebration where Catholics gather together and express their faith in Jesus. This unit helps students to learn the correct responses and gestures to participate fully in College Masses.

Christian life is not simply about what we believe; it’s about how we express our faith in our actions. The Christian Discipleship unit covers many stories of Jesus from the Bible and we analyse how these stories are relevant in today’s world. Christian Discipleship is also explored through the community service program.

Stories in the Bible unit develops a foundation of the history and story of the Bible. Students become familiar with the types of literature in the Bible (myth, poetry, narrative, etc.) and the characters of important stories (Noah, Moses, Abraham).

During the Advent unit students learn about the preparation for the birth of Jesus and the celebration of Christmas. This unit provides an introduction to the religious history, symbols and meaning of Christmas.