Religious Education at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College follows the Journey in Faith guidelines as set out by the Darwin Catholic Education Office and Catholic Diocese of Darwin.
Religious Education is a priority at OLSH and consequently is a compulsory subject for all students at all year levels across the College. Religious Education classes are timetabled accordingly.
Journey in Faith is used from Transition to Year 10. The units were developed in and for schools in the Northern Territory. At the Bath Street Campus a program called Making Jesus Real is taught alongside the Diocesian Journey in Faith program.
MITIOG or Made in the Image of God is the human sexuality component of our Religious Education program. The units are written for students in the Northern Territory. Each unit's content has been carefully thought through and sequenced to be developmentally appropriate. There are four strands within Made in the Image of God. These strands are:
- being human
- being moral
- being connected
- being sexual
During the teaching of the sexuality strand of Made in the Image of God particular attention is paid to the role of parents as first educators. Parents are invited to be a part of an overview committee and are given clear outlines as to content being taught.
Teaching sexuality in Catholic schools requires a strong understanding of particular areas of theology and Catholic beliefs about the sanctity of human life. Alongside Religious Education Leaders, the Catholic Education Office supports teachers with professional development and resource materials.
At the Sadadeen Campus, the students engage the Diocesan program Journey in Faith during Years 9 and 10. In Years 11 and 12 students study the SACE course “Religious Studies”. The College is investigating the introduction of an additional Religious Education course for senior students. The Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology is a Religious Education program designed for Year 11 and 12 students. It is a nationally accredited course which meets Vocational Education and Training (VET) requirements.
Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology is specifically written for Catholic schools or those schools who are interested in further exploring Catholic spirituality and beliefs, interpretation of scripture and ethics. Within this course, students learn theology through a variety of hands-on activities that are relevant to real life situations.
Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology aims to:
- enable students to study theology at an elementary level, developing their skills in theological and scriptural studies and in reading, writing, presenting and discussing theological issues;
- expand students' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of major themes of theology and scripture;
- develop students' spiritual awareness and sense of selfhood.