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Religious Education

Welcome to the Religious Education department at Alexandra College.

At Alex we believe that, for better or worse, religion has been one of the most powerfully shaping forces in human history and that it still shapes our world today.

For that reason, we strongly encourage our students to wrestle with the question of faith in a modern world.

We are passionate about fostering an openness of mind in our students and we endeavour to teach our girls to think critically about the philosophies and worldviews that they encounter every day. In the RE department at Alexandra College students can expect to have their minds stretched, challenged and expanded in ways that will contribute positively to all of their academic endeavours and to their lives after school as well.

Junior students follow the Junior Certificate programme while senior students may choose to study Religious Education for their Leaving Certificate. Only examinable since 2005, Alexandra College is one of the growing number of schools in the country that offers this exciting course of philosophy, theology and ethics.

Have you ever asked yourself a question about religion, God or the meaning of life? Then you are already a philosopher and are warmly welcomed to join us in the RE department where good questions are just as important as good answers.

Mission

The mission of the Religious Education department at Alexandra College is to add to the holistic, personal development of the students of the College.

The Religious Education team aims to aid the girls in becoming well-rounded, open-minded individuals who have an understanding of and appreciation for the different religious and non-religious worldviews that shape modern life.

Aims and objectives

To engage in the academic study of religious traditions and non-religious, philosophical traditions thoughtfully and respectfully.

To contribute to the moral development of students through the study of ethics. To add to the holistic development of the students of Alexandra College by encouraging respect and open-mindedness.To uphold the Church of Ireland ethos of the school while partaking in dynamic conversation with and consideration of other faith and non-faith traditions.

Timetabled periods for religion

1st Year (Junior Cycle) –  3 periods per week.

1st Year (Pastoral) – 1 period per week

2nd Year – 1 period per week

3rd years – 2 periods per week.

Transition Year – 1 period per week.

5th & 6th Year (Leaving Certificate) – 2 double periods and 1 single period per week.

5th & 6th Year (Pastoral) – 1 period per week.

Teachers

Ms. Stefanie Wynn

Mr.  Malachi Friel

Ms. Zoe Keane

Facilities

One Religious Education room in the main school building.

A range of ICT facilities including data projector, laptops and iPads.

Field trips

Previous field trips have included visits to St. Philip’s Church on Temple Road, the Mosque in Clonskeagh, the Jewish Museum in Portobello and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.

What makes us different

Religious Education at Alexandra College has broken away from the traditional, catechetical approach adopted in most faith schools in Ireland in the past.

At Alexandra College, we passionately believe in the importance of the academic study of religion, philosophy and ethics. At junior cycle we follow the Junior Certificate syllabus as well as being pioneers of Leaving Certificate Religious Education, becoming one of the pilot schools in 2005. This fascinating programme covers a range of topics such as the major world religions, non-religious philosophy from the Ancient Greeks to the contemporary period, religious and non-religious questions of ethics and morality and topics as diverse as science and religion or gender and religion.

Following the Junior and Leaving Certificate syllabi, students momentarily put aside their personal beliefs and engage in the study of a range of religious and non-religious traditions. In keeping with our Church of Ireland ethos, Alexandra College encourages students to engage with issues of faith on an intellectual level in the classroom while they are free to explore their various traditions from a faith-based perspective by additional means outside the classroom with the help of the chaplaincy team for example.