Religious Education Staff 

Director of Special Character Connie Fraser
Faculty Leader for Religious Education Janet Williams
Assistant Faculty Leader  
Campus Minister IndiaRose Cunningham
Teachers Marianne Bray
  Avagail Café
  Bill Hooper
  Clare McGivern
  Chloe Mines
  Dora Salesa
  Melissa Spragg
  Lynne Tanner
  Samantha van der Merwe


  RE1      RE2
RE3    RE4

Fanning the flames of faith

The Faculty of Religious Education is a vibrant and engaging community of learners. Our mission is to ignite and fan the flames of faith and to educate students in a wide range of dimensions of the Catholic Church. All students at St Mary’s College take part in Religious Education classes three times a week, all of which are taught by specialist Theology teachers.

Modern resources, in-depth study

As a student at St Mary’s College following the Understanding Faith curriculum and new RE Curriculum: Tō Tātou Whakapono Our Faith, you will be educated in Church teachings, aspects of worship, liturgy and experience, Church history, and Christian ethics. Teaching is based on the Authority of the Church through Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial documents. Resources are up-to-date and all programmes, except Year 7, are digitally integrated.

Credits for NCEA, University Entrance approved

The Faculty of Religious Education maintains high academic expectations and achievement. As a Year 12 and Year 13 senior student, you will complete three internal Achievement Standards each year, contributing to a total of 18 credits towards NCEA per year. Level 1 and 2 Religious Studies Achievement Standards contribute to Level 1 Literacy requirements. Level 3 standards contribute as an approved subject to University Entrance, and some Level 3 Standards contribute to Level 3 Literacy requirements for reading. 

In 2023 St Mary’s College continues to be part of a Pilot working with the Ministry of Education and NZQA, implementing the proposed new Level 1 Religious Studies Achievement Standards. This will comprise two 5 credit Internal Assessments and two 5 credit External Assessments.