Religious Studies

Why are we here? What happens when we die? Why do good people suffer?

The questions Religion has tried to answer throughout history are still be being asked by many.

The Religious Studies Faculty is at the core of what St Paul’s Catholic College aims to achieve. We strive to help our students be global citizens, who can gain understanding and respect for the place of religion in our world. Religion has shaped politics, education, art, architecture, science, economy over time and is still relevant in societies around the world today. Reading the newspaper on any given day demonstrates that.

Religious Studies modules in Years 7, 9 and 10 follow the Pedagogy of Encounter curriculum model. The Year 8 course will follow this new model from 2025.

The aim of the Year 8 course it to facilitate greater Catholic religious literacy for all students. Each program of work is underpinned by the Quality Teaching framework, in particular developing deep understanding of the Catholic tradition and what it means to be Catholic.

Year 8 students complete 5 modules throughout the year

  1. Encountering Jesus
  2. The Christian Scriptures
  3. Church History
  4. Catholic Prayer
Catholic Beliefs

In year 11 and 12, students will be able to deepen their knowledge in Studies in Catholic Thought, which will assist students to make sense of everyday life in the broader context of mystery, complexity, confusion and awe.



The Human Person

Year 11

Who is a Human Person

The Trinitarian God and Humanity

The Re-Imagining of Creation


The Good Life

Year 12

Virtue, Vice, Salvation

The Good Works

The Common Good


We also offer Studies of Religion in Stage 6. This allows students to further extend their knowledge into world faiths. Throughout this course students have the option this for 1 or 2 units, which includes:


1 Unit Studies of Religion topics

Additional 2 Unit Studies of Religion topics

Year 11

The Nature of Religion and Belief




Religions of ancient origins

Religion in Australia Pre-1945

Year 12

Religion in Australia Post 1945

Buddhism Depth Study

Christianity Depth Study

Islam Depth Study

Religion and Non-Religion

Religion and Peace

The study of religion helps students to learn how to think critically, observe objectively, listen empathetically, speak thoughtfully, and write clearly—all skills that will be of great use no matter what you go on to do in life. It is with pride that we aim to empower students to find value in their lives and the lives of those around them- to live in the world as Christ- ‘Vivere Christus Est’.