Catherine McKinley
Religious Education Learning Leader

Catholic identity is at the heart of our school. As such, Religious Education (RE) is compulsory for each year of study at Catholic College Wodonga.

Students focus on aspects of religion and spirituality within traditions and explore the religious basis of ethical and social justice issues.

They gain an appreciation of, and respect for, the different ways in which people develop an understanding and knowledge of religion and spirituality as something living and dynamic, and the ways in which people think, feel and act because of their religious beliefs.

In Year 12 students have the option to choose a Unit 3 & 4 Religious Education subject OR participate in Living as a Christian Today for one semester. Living as a Christian Today does not contribute to a student’s ATAR score.

Living as a Christian Today

  • Compulsory for Year 12s not studying a 3/4 RE subject
  • Critically reflect on the human right to work
  • Draw meaning from sacraments such as Matrimony and Holy Orders

Subject Code: V2RRE
Year Level: 12

In this subject you will explore vocation and what it means to live and work as a Christian in today’s world. Investigate the issues arising from the right to meaningful work and leisure. You will become familiar with the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders, a single way of life, and ordained and non-ordained ministries, as expressions of mission in the service of the Church.

  • Class discussions
  • Reflections on a range of guest speakers
  • Using scripture to help independent reflection
  • Short answer tasks


Religion & Society 3-4

  • Study key people and events in the history of the Christian tradition
  • Explore the many challenges that all religious traditions encounter
  • Discover connections between beliefs and significant life experiences

Subject Code: V2RRS
Year Level: 12

Unit 3: The search for meaning

Examine how beliefs express meaning in the life of individuals and communities. You explore ideas about the nature of ultimate reality, creation, human life, relationships and questions about suffering, awe and death are explored.

This is put in context with the Christian and Hindu tradition. You analyse how these beliefs are expressed through time in order to generate meaning and guide the actions of believers. The connections between beliefs and significant life experiences are examined through an exploration of the faith and life of C.S. Lewis as he struggled to reconcile his belief in God with the existence of suffering.

  • structured questions 
  • essay
  • case studies


Unit 4: Challenge and response

Focus on change and development in beliefs as a response to both historical and contemporary challenges from within the Catholic tradition and from wider society.

An overview of the many challenges that all religious traditions encounter is studied together with their ways of responding to them. The effectiveness of these responses and their impact on the tradition and secular society are evaluated.

Key people and events in the history of the Christian tradition will be studied in depth with particular emphasis on Luther and his challenge to salvation theology.

  • written reports
  • topic tests
  • oral presentations
  • an analytical essay
  • class discussion
  • end of year exam


What sort of student would like Religion & Society?

Someone who is:

  • Interest in understanding how beliefs express meaning in life for individuals and communities and how society and religion influence each other.
  • Eager to gain a greater understanding of the five major religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism) and how they continue to shape our world.
  • Likes to explore ‘big life questions’ as well as key people and events that have shaped our Christian history.


Texts & Traditions 3-4

  • Study the Gospel of Luke and who this Luke might have been
  • Explore ways historical conditions influenced the development of tradition
  • Focus on a key teaching from the Gospel and how it has been developed throughout history.

Subject Code: V2RTT
Year Level: 12

Unit 3: Texts and the early tradition

We look at the context in which the Gospels were written: the political, social, cultural and religious world in which the authors of the Gospels found themselves living and how this might have impacted on what they wrote in the Gospels.

Specifically, we explore the Gospel attributed to Luke and examine who this Luke might be, what audience he was writing for and the literary techniques that he used to convey his message. We also learn the skills of exegesis and begin a detailed study of key passages of the Gospel of Luke.

Unit 4: Texts and their teachings 

We continue our in-depth exploration of the Gospel of Luke, specifically focusing on some of the key themes that are developed by the author, such as hospitality, salvation for all and fulfillment of the messianic prophecy.

The skill of exegesis is further developed as well as an in-depth study into one key teaching from the Gospel in terms of how it has been developed throughout history.

  • short answer topic tests
  • essay
  • class discussion
  • exegesis
What sort of student would like Texts & Traditions?

Someone who is:

  • Interested in analysing texts.
  • Enthusiastic about English and Literature. 
  • Looking to gain further skills and preparation for other literature-based studies.