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Junior cycle - Religious Studies

The aims of Junior Certificate Religious Education are set out as follows:

  • To foster an awareness that the human search for meaning is common to all peoples, of all ages and at all times.
  • To explore how this search for meaning has found, and continues to find, expression in religion.
  • To identify how understandings of God, religious traditions, and in particular the Christian tradition, have contributed to the culture in which we live, and continue to have an impact on personal life-style, inter-personal relationships and relationships between individuals and their communities and contexts.
  • To appreciate the richness of religious traditions and to acknowledge the non-religious interpretation of life.
  • To contribute to the spiritual and moral development of the student.

The syllabus is built around a framework of knowledge, skills and attitudes and the content is organised in two parts:

PART 1

Section A Communities of Faith

Section B Foundations of Religion – Christianity

Section C Foundations of Religion – Major World Religions

PART 2

Section D The Question of Faith

Section E The celebration of Faith

Section F The Moral Challenge

Students at Junior Cycle have two 40 minute periods of Religion weekly.

The students are heavily involved in the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal, Charity collections including the St Vincent De Paul Food Appeal at Christmas, the Lasallian Leadership Programme, The Christmas Jumper fundraiser.


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