Religious Education Staff
|Director of Special Character||Dora Salesa|
|Faculty Leader for Religious Education||Janet Williams|
|Assistant Faculty Leader||Constance McCombe|
|Campus Minister||Christina Fa'aleaga|
|Samantha van der Merwe|
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
Following the Understanding Faith curriculum, as a student at St Mary’s College 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 2021 St Mary’s College will be part of a mini 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.