Mr. Dominic Kealey (Head of Department)
Ms. Anne Hughes (Assistant Head of Department).
Miss Louise McNamara
Mr. Liam Mc Kenna
Mrs Claire Caffrey
Mrs. Pauline Rainey
Mrs. Fionnuala Sloan
Mrs Nicola McCarry
Key Stage 3
All pupils in Junior
School follow the Irish
Catechetical Programme as published by Veritas.
Year 8 "Fully Alive
Year 9 "Fully Alive 2."
Year 10 "Fully Alive 3."
An important feature of
the programme is the pupils journal in which they are asked to record their
classwork and homework. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their work through
the writing of personal reflections and prayers, containing records of their thoughts
Key Stage 4
All pupils in Senior
School are entered for
the AQA (NEAB) GCSE Religious Studies examination. Pupils undertake a two year
course of study of the following papers.
Unit 4: Roman Catholicism:
Unit 5: St. Mark's Gospel
A significant number of pupils in Upper
School take up GCE
Religious Studies. These pupils follow the N.I.C.C.E.A. specification.
The following modules are
- Luke’s gospel
- Old Testament
- The Celtic church
- Relgious Ethics
Those pupils who do not
opt for the GCE Religious Studies follow a modular programme designed to be a
Programme for Christian Citizenship. The following modules are offered.
- Making moral decisions
- Love and Marriage
- Human rights issues
The Religious Education
Department encourages and supports the following clubs and societies within the
- Saint Vincent de Paul
The Department promotes
Ecumenical outreach- not only through it’s links with the local Church of Ireland
and Presbyterian Churches but also in it’s support for
the Ulster Project.
The Department also
supports the Community Service links with Torbank
School and Longstone School.
The Retreat Programme
The College’s Retreat Programme is integral to the whole R.E programme. In Junior School
groups are taken one morning or afternoon so that each pupil has the
opportunity for a retreat experience once per year. Each year follows a
- Year 8: The presence of God on our lives.
- Year 9: Called to friendship with Jesus
- Year 10: Call to conversion.
- Year 12 Students are able to avail of a
Retreat experience taken by the Clonard Youth Ministry team at Clonard