In Religious Education (RE) you will learn about what people believe,why they believe and how these beliefs influence their own lives, the lives of others and the world around us.You will explore how many religions, particularly Christian religions, have shaped the Ireland you live in today.
What will I learn about in Religious Education?
Some of the things you will learn include:
- about at least one of the major world religions in detail - Judaism , Islam and Christianity.
- how different communities of faith organise themselves:their leaders, celebrations, forms of worship and guidelines about their members’ behaviour
- the different religious and non-religious ways of trying to understand the world.
- how religious beliefs shape some ideas and laws.
How will I learn Religious education in Chanel College?
Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:
-visit religious centres and places of worship. Over the past number of years we have made trips to the Jewish Museum in Dublin 8 , the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh as well as the monastic settlement in Glendalough , Co.Wicklow.
- listen to speakers from different organisations and religions. We were lucky enough to meet Tomi Riechental last year. Tomi Riechental is an Holocaust survivor , who spoke to 3rd and 6th year students about his ordeal in Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp.This was an incredible experience for all involved.
- work on your own, but also in pairs and in groups. The nature of the subject allows for greater intteraction between students as some themes lend themselves to discussion and debate. Class 1.1 are currently planning to have a Sabbath meal in their Religion class! All organisation will be done by the students.
- use a textbook, but other materials as well. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards which allow the subject to come to life with relevant clips and activities using I.C.T.
- To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day last year , 3rd Year students took part in the Crocus Project . Crocuses were planted at the fron of the college in shape of a Star of David. We were very proud to a part of this project and students did a fantastic job.
Some other things that will help you learn in class are:
- asking questions.
- taking your own notes
- keeping a file for your notes and handouts; they will be useful for learning and for revision!
How can I learn more about Religious Education outside of school?
Some of the things you may do are:
- talk to family and friends about their different beliefs and different ways of celebrating religious festivals.
- listen to accounts of different religious beliefs in news reports from around the world.
- notice how often films, books and art include signs of religious actions, beliefs or events.
- look at religious buildings near your home or when you are on holidays.
What is the Religious Education Junior Certificate exam like?
In Chanel College , Religious Education is a compulsory exam subject at Junior Cycle.
During the school year you will choose one topic from twelve and research this for a special project called a journal.Before your exam you will complete a booklet describing your journal work.
In the exam, you will read and respond to different types of questions: short-answer questions, a comprehension passage, longer questions and some photos or pictures.
You can take the exam at Higher or Ordinary level.When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.
How will Religious Education be useful to me?
RE will be useful to you in:
- helping you understand how people make decisions, how people are inspired by their religious beliefs, how conflict happens and how it can be solved.
- helping you solve problems and thinking for yourself when working with others in other countries.
You can also continue studying RE as part of some courses and degrees when you leave school.
* Source NCCA website.