To provide a religious education which creates “religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.”
Religious Education is at the core of the curriculum in St Anthony’s. We are committed to supporting students at whatever stage they might be on their faith journey. We strive to help students achieve their full potential as human beings.
We believe it is essential that all students should have an appreciation of the religious and spiritual dimension of life. We aim to encourage awareness and appreciation of the pupils’ own worth and that of others and also to respect the rights of other people who have beliefs which are different to their own. As a Catholic community it is our duty to deepen the knowledge and understanding of Catholic and other religious traditions but also to enable young people to explore their own story, experiences, personal beliefs and that of others whatever their faith background. More specifically, we do this through studying sacraments, festivals and traditions. To support the development of their religious literacy our students also compare and contrast this knowledge with that of Judaism, other Christian’s denominations and humanism. When moving into sixth form, students study ethical theory, philosophical concepts and the impact of Christianity on modern society.
Our aim is to develop learners who are able to
- develop their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
- continually deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
- develop their knowledge and awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them.
- engage with the rich diversity in Britain.
- support the spiritual, moral, cultural and social skills of other students.
- appreciate and engage with diversity of opinion in world views.
- challenge worldviews which promote racism, ignorance and religious hatred.
- challenge the concept of moral relativism and offer students alternative approaches to moral decision making.
- develop a sense of collective responsibility for our earth’s resources.
- stimulate students’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
- live out the schools Mercy ethos and to support the Church’s teaching on the preferential option for the poor;
- lead society towards the common good.
“I have come” Christ said “that you may have life and have it in all its abundance.”