Religion has been and is an integral part of human experience and a component of every culture. An appreciation of society is enhanced by an understanding of religion, its influence on human behaviour and in teraction within culture.

The study of Religion at Xavier High School acknowledges religion as a distinctive answer to the human need for meaning in life. An understanding of religion provides a perspective for the human view of reality and deals with daily living as well as with the ultimate source, meaning and goal of life. Religion is generally characterised by a worldview that recognises a supernatural dimension – belief in divinity or powers beyond the human and/or dwelling within the human.

Studies of Religion emphasises the development of skills of analysis, independent research, collaboration and effective communication. These skills empower students to become critically reflective life-long learners and provides a learning experience that prepares students for further education and training, employment and full and active participation as citizens within society.

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Studies of Religion

The Studies of Religion syllabus acknowledges that there are many ways of studying religion. It investigates the significance of the role of religion in society and, in particular, within Australian society. It recognises and appreciates the place and importance of Aboriginal belief systems and spiritualities in Australia. This syllabus enables students who live in a multifaith and multicultural society to progress from a broad understanding of religious traditions to specific studies within these traditions. The syllabus provides a focus on religious expression in Australia and, also, investigates religion’s place within the global community.

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Friday May 26 2017

ACYF 2017 Sydney Australian Catholic Youth Festival

  Attention: Yr 10 & 11 Students Expressions of interest to attend the third Australian Catholic Youth Festival, December 6th – 10th, 2017, in Sydney are now being taken. Please refer to attached links or see Michelle Milthorpe or Marie McKinley for further information. This awesome event gathers youth from across Australia for this bi-annual […]

Friday April 7 2017

Holy Week

This morning as a Xavier community we gathered in the CAPA for Holy week. Various students took part in reading out scripture and as a school we were able to reflect on the time of Jesus’s Crucifixion and resurrection. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe […]

Thursday April 6 2017

Project Compassion – Week 6 Of Lent

Aloma’s story – the Philippines Love Your Neighbour A victim of Typhoon Santi, Aloma was provided with the skills to lead her vulnerable community in developing resilience to extreme weather events. When Typhoon Santi destroyed her home in coastal Philippines, Aloma feared for her family’s safety and their future. Extreme weather events such as typhoons […]

Wednesday March 22 2017

Project Compassion – Lent Week 4

Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of the Catholic community and caring supporters throughout Australia to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Week 4. In Vietnam, young Nguyet was isolated as a result of her severe disabilities, until a program […]

Friday March 17 2017

Project Compassion – Week 3 Of Lent

Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of the Catholic community and caring supporters throughout Australia to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Project Compassion demonstrates how love for our neighbours can transform lives this year. First Australian Uncle Richard is […]

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