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Religious Education Programme
The Religious Education Programme in St. Muredach’s College has been designed to assist each of our students move towards maturity of faith. This programme is continually developed and renewed to take account of the changing nature of our modern society. Despite these changes, it is the ambition of St. Muredach’s College to help our students appreciate and experience that while our earthly environment may be subject to change, the love of God and the challenge of Jesus to build the Kingdom of God is unchanging. A core aim of any Christian religious education programme is to help students discover the unlimited love and compassion of Jesus Christ. Our programme is taught by a combination of qualified lay and religious staff.
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All our students follow the Junior Certificate syllabus and sit the Junior Certificate Religious Education exam in June. This course seeks to promote an understanding and appreciation of why people believe, as well as tolerance and respect for the values and beliefs of all. The syllabus is built around a framework of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes. The course makes particular, but not exclusive, reference to the Christian tradition, acknowledging the unique role of this tradition and its denominational expressions in Irish life. The course can be taken at both Honours and Ordinary levels. The areas of study in this course are:
Assessment for the Junior Certificate Religion exam includes 20% for project and journal work, which is submitted prior to the terminal exam. Project titles are provided by the Department of Education each year and we aim to complete the bulk of this work in 2nd year.
The text books currently being used is: Religion for Living by Connie Duffy
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During this year of ‘transition’ for our students, the Religious Education department introduces Team Teaching into its Programme. In the course of this year each student studies two courses under the guidance of different teachers. The common link in this programme is ‘Justice’ as the students spend two 15-week modules examining issues of Justice a) in Ireland and b) in the Developing World.The Religious Education department has worked closely with the coordinators of Transition Year to design class based programmes that add a Christian vision and challenge to the major projects that our students undertake in the course of this year. These projects include:
These two years will constitute the final religious education formation that many of our young people will receive. The Religious Education department has designed a Senior Cycle programme that addresses many of the core issues of Christian faith and living.
The courses presented to the students are based on the following areas: