Catholic educators invite students to make sense of their world and their lives within a faith community that is faithful to the mission of Jesus (Horizons of Hope: Context, Catholic Education Melbourne 2016).
Religious Education is provided from Year 7 to Year 12, where the questions and inquiry of the students forms the basis of learning and teaching:
Operating within a pedagogy of encounter, the Religious Education program places students’ lives and questions at the centre of the learning, with dialogue as both the process and the valued outcome. In authentic dialogue, learners are taken into new understandings; they are ‘transformed into a communion in which we do not remain what we were’ (Gadamer 1989, p. 379).
Religious Education at Our Lady of Sion operates within a framework that supports the full flourishing of all learners. It proposes a learning structure comprised of three strands of learning:
Within these three strands, five content areas work together to build a network of understanding of the Catholic Church and its traditions and have their origins in the To Know, Worship and Love student texts.