- As a Dominican School, under the trusteeship of the Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust Religious Education is a compulsory subject within our school. Junior Certificate (JC) students are required to take Religion as an exam subject in 3rd year, while the subject as an exam is a choice for Leaving Certificate (LC) students.
- Why Religion is a compulsory subject at St. Dominic’s ? Religious education is important because it equips students with cultural, social, moral and spiritual knowledge that aids in mental and physical development within society. The lessons learned in religious education prepare students for responsibilities, experiences and opportunities later in life.
Religious education assists students in forming values and beliefs that are reflected in behaviors and communication. For example, when approached with an ethical or moral dilemma, people with religious education can reflect on the teachings of the church to make a decision that is in line with their values and beliefs.
Religious education is also important because the information prompts people to challenge ideas and questions about their purpose in life, their beliefs about God and what it means to co-exist with others in a peaceful environment. The knowledge offers guidance for how to behave in line with religious traditions and world views of the church, and often prompts people to put others before themselves and give back to the community through financial, physical and social support.
Religious education teaches students about the history of the world through the eyes of Christianity, and encourages them to acknowledge and understand different values, traditions and religious beliefs that exist within various cultures. Many times, religious education also prompts people to evaluate issues of truth, ethics and faith within their personal lives.
In R.E. students learn about Christian values, morality and about other major world religions.
Useful Links for the study of RE
- knowtheway.ie Junior Cert Religious Education programme resource
- reonline.org.uk A family of religious education websites with this one at its centre. – Great resources available.
- faitharts.ie Dedicated to the relationship between religion and the arts
- thatreligiousstudieswebsite.com Independent website exploring themes and topics in the philosophy of religion, theology and ethics
- silk.net/RelEd Resources and news for Catholic Educators
- catholicireland.net Insights into Catholic Church in Ireland with dedicated Liturgy/Sacraments, Moral Life, Prayer & Spirituality sub- sections
- wingclips.com Good place to access free movie clips to support communicating the message.
- education.dublindiocese.ie Website of Archdiocese of Dublin’s Education Secretariat with a dedicated post-primary section
- sacredspace.ie Online spiritual resource
- topmarks.co.uk/interactive.aspx?cat=111 Free resources for use on interactive whiteboards. Categories include World Religions, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism.
- natre.org.uk/join.php Website of National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (UK)
- theleavingcert.com Leaving Cert Religious Education examination papers of recent years can be accessed here.
- Link Junior Certificate – DEShttp://www.curriculumonline.ie/en/Post-Primary_Curriculum/Junior_Cycle_Curriculum/Junior_Certificate_Subjects/Religious_Education
- Link Senior Religion – DEShttp://www.curriculumonline.ie/en/Post-Primary_Curriculum/Senior_Cycle_Curriculum/Leaving_Certificate_Established/Religious_Education/Religious_Education_Syllabus/