Religion

Welcome to the Religion Department

 

Staff within the R.E department :
Mrs P. McShane H.O.D
Mrs R.Nealon (Yr Head)
Mrs K. Crummy (SLT)
Mrs L. Loughran (Yr Head)
Mr B. Lambe (Art and R.E)
Mrs S. Ward (Art and R.E)

Religious Education is at the core of the curriculum here at St. Mark’s High School. We are committed to supporting our students at whatever stage they might be on their faith journey.

We strive to help pupils achieve their full potential believing strongly in our school motto “Enjoy, Believe, Succeed”.

We believe as a Religious studies department that students should have an appreciation of the Religious and Spiritual dimension of life.

Through our Religious Education programme we promote the common good, making real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and in the world in general.

Religious Education is a core and academic subject. Through the set programmes of study/combined with the connected learning themes, we endeavour to develop the thinking skills and personal capabilities of the students within our care.

As a department we offer a varied range of spiritual activities both in/outside the classroom which we hope inspire our students and increase enjoyment in the subject.

Spiritual life:
We have a very special school Oratory and we use it to celebrate the liturgical seasons and feasts. We encourage our pupils to develop their prayer life through ongoing school assemblies, meditations and class prayer.
Our ‘Out reach’ programme is clearly visible in St Mark’s, we encourage our students to continually support the Kenyan appeal, the John Paul awards, the SVDP association, in addition to many other projects taking place within our school community.

In addition, the spiritual life of our students is enhanced by their participation in the following:
• Welcome service/return to school service
• Retreats
• Whole school Mass
• Mass for deceased
• Garden of Remembrance reflection service
• Whole school Advent/Passion Services
• Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Catholic Schools Week Mass in the Cathedral
• Weekly assemblies
• Leaver’s Mass with Bishop John McAreavey
• St Mark’s feast day Service
• Staff Masses/services
• Kenya project service
• Graduation service/Service of Thanksgiving….

We work very closely and are very thankful for our chaplaincy team – Canon John Kearney and Fr Charlie Byrne who are very much involved in the daily life of our school. Through their hard work and continued support, the pastoral and the liturgical ethos of school life is supported.

Programmes of Study
Religious Education is one the core subjects of the Curriculum and it is studied by all students from year 8-12.
Years 8-10 follow the Veritas “Fully Alive” programme which is the recommended text set for Catholic post primary schools.

At GCSE level we study the CCEA Syllabus units 5 (St Mark’s Gospel) and unit 8 (Ethics). Exams for these modules are taken at the end of each academic year.
At A level we study two modules from the CCEA A/S & A/2 Syllabus (The Acts of the Apostles & Letters of the New Testament, and Ethics)

Tips for Parents/Guardians.
• Parents/guardians are asked to assist students to meet all homework deadlines. If students are absent from school it is essential that they get the work up to date.
• Students are reminded about the need to come prepared for lessons each day.
• Students are asked to revise thoroughly and aim to achieve their full potential in all end of unit module tests.
• A high level of concentration in class is essential at all times if students are to achieve their target grades.
• Students should access the CCEA exam board and web site and familiarise themselves with past papers, mark schemes and examiners comments. (www.ccea.org.uk)
• Remember our Motto at Saint Mark’s : Enjoy, Believe, Succeed!