R.E.

Religious Education is a core subject for all students at Key Stage 3 and at Key Stage 4. All students follow either a full or short course GCSE (AQA). The modules currently offered are ‘St Mark’s Gospel’ and ‘Christian Ethics’.

The RE Department has a proven track record of high academic achievement at GCSE and A-Level. In Year 13, we have collaborated with Youthlink NI and NICIE to create a Level 2 course called “Diversity in Action – Faith Today.” In Year 14, we have an RE Seminar. We have a close working relationship with the Irish Peace Centres organisation.

In Lagan College, Religious Education plays a central role in the holistic education of young people. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all children and takes account of the different cultural backgrounds that the College welcomes. The Department also seeks to foster an interest in faith amongst thestudents. The Religious Education Department offer a series of Church visits in Year 8, culminating in a project on different Christian denominations. In Year 10, students visit the St Patrick’s Centre. In Year 11, the students take part in a two day RE conference with contributions in recent times from The CAST Network, Christian Aid, Trocaire and guest speakers on Drugs Education and Youthlink.

The RE Department seeks to foster relationships with other schools to promote good practice and enhance pupil achievement. We work closely with Stranmillis College, UUC and UUJ in exemplifying good practice in teaching and learning.

The Department works closely with the College Chaplains throughout the school and is actively involved in the preparation and delivery of assemblies. Religious Education in Lagan College provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, what is right and what is wrong, the nature of reality and the being of God. It develops students’ knowledge, understanding and questioning of Christianity, other faiths and none. It develops students’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, forms of expression and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Religious Education in Lagan College encourages students to learn from the diversity of different religious, beliefs, values and traditions whilst affirming their own faith or search for meaning. RE challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, faith, belief and ethics to communicate their responses. It encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging and enables them to flourish individually within their own community, as citizens in an increasingly pluralistic society and global community.

Religious Education has an important role to play in preparing students for adultlife and employment and enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity towards others, in particular those with different faiths and beliefs and to combat prejudice and negative discrimination.