Staff of the Religious Department endeavour to live our mission statement in words, deeds and example.
Daily we will strive to be a Christian school, active in our pursuits enshrined within the Catholic faith and with the gospel message of faith, love and service to others enshrined in the values we hold dear.
In the RE department we aim to
Provide an appropriate and challenging curriculum based on Gospel values to enable pupils to grow in every way to Christian maturity.
Celebrate the life and achievements of the school community by giving thanks to God in appropriate prayer and liturgical worship.
Develop interpersonal relationships to enable individuals and groups to find friendship, fulfilment, and support.
Mr B Fearon (HOD)
Mr K Daly
Mr G. Rice
"Where there is no vision the people perish"
St Joseph’s is a Catholic school committed to the Statement of Aims of Catholic Schools and the promotion of an ethos throughout the school, which reflects the Christian teaching, and values of the Catholic Church. We seek to provide an effective educational service – one that is planned, developed to the highest professional standards and constantly evaluated so as to maximise the benefit each pupil receives from his experiences in school.
In Religious Education we seek to help the pupils not only to know about God, but to know God. As Religious educators our starting point for education experience and meaningful understanding is through prayer. We will foster in our pupils an attitude towards prayer – an awareness of God’s presence, the ability to be silent, to reflect and listen to God.
In the Religious department we seek to provide a caring service, which recognises the human value of each person who is a part of the total school community. We seek to create a climate of relationships, attitudes and styles of behaviour whereby every member of the school community will feel accepted and know that they have a role to play, and will be keen to play their part for their own personal development and for the common good of the whole school community.
Jesus The Teacher
He never taught in a classroom. He had no tools to work with such as blackboards, maps or charts. He used no subject outlines, kept no records, gave no grades, and his only text book was ancient and well worn. His students were the poor, the lame, the deaf, the blind, the outcasts – and his method was the same with all who came to hear and learn. He opened eyes with faith. Opened ears with simple truth and opened hearts with love born of forgiveness. A gentle man, a humble man. He asked and won no honour, no gold awards of tribute to his expertise or wisdom. Yet this was a quiet teacher from the hills of Galilee has fed the needs, fulfilled the hopes and changed the lives of many millions. For what he taught brought heaven to earth and revealed God’s love to mankind.
In working with young people do not try to call them back to where they were and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before.
The RE department provides a purposeful programme of study within KS3 covering a variety of meaningful themes including the following:
Catholic faith and prayer
Respect for human life
Poverty and its causes
Appreciating other peoples differences
Other world religions
The RE department also incorporates use of the school oratory, spiritual retreats, the school chaplain and guest speakers to deliver an evocative religious experience in which pupils can develop in a more dynamic and spiritual way.
At KS4 level the RE department follows the CEA GCSE course and this involves pupils sitting two examinations; the first is based on St Mark’s Gospel in 4th year and the other is based on Christian Ethics in 5th year.
All KS4 pupils will study either the GCSE RE course or take part in non-exam statutory Religious Studies lessons on Christianity.