Catherine McKinley
Religious Education Instructional Leader

At Catholic College Wodonga, our commitment to Catholic identity is fundamental. Therefore, Religious Education (RE) is mandatory for every year of study.

Throughout their education, students delve into various aspects of religion and spirituality, exploring their significance within different traditions. They also examine the religious underpinnings of ethical and social justice issues.
In doing so, students develop an appreciation for the diverse ways individuals understand and practice religion and spirituality. They come to recognise these aspects as dynamic and influential forces shaping thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Upon reaching Year 12, students are presented with a choice: they may opt for a Unit 3 & 4 Religious Education subject or participate in 'Living as a Christian Today' for one semester. It's worth noting that 'Living as a Christian Today' does not factor into a student's ATAR score.


Living as a Christian Today

  • Compulsory for Year 12s not studying a 3/4 RE subject or Year 12 Youth Ministry
  • 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 and 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 and Society?

Someone who is:

  • Interested 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 and 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 and 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.


Youth Ministry and Spirituality - Year 12

  • Take part in the CSYMI Youth Academy Program to deepen your faith formation and extend leadership skills as modern day disciples
  • Attend the CSYMI Equipping School (3 night ACT event), participate in church based programs and complete organised community service hours
  • Be a visual witness in the running and organisation of school and community masses and liturgies, CCW day, Retreats and events

Subject Code: V2RYM
Year Level: 12

What Does This Course Mean For Me?
  • Year 12 Youth Ministry move beyond the initial four goals of Community, Leadership, Service and Faith to deepen and solidify the relationship students seek to have with Jesus through their faith journey. This is an actively faith based course where regular scripture, prayer, reflection and spiritual awareness are key to the identity of the individual and group.
  • Year 12 Youth Ministry Leaders will be a visual presence in CCW as a witness to our Catholic Identity and as individuals actively living their faith journey in all aspects of their life.
  • All students will be expected to fully engage, participate and attend all Youth Ministry events that are required of the course: these will include in class/school time sessions, in school lunchtime or out of class meetings and preparations and out of school time events.
  • This course is designed to extend the leadership skills and knowledge built in Pathways and Year 11 Youth Ministry in the ways students plan and run sessions and events
  • Students will take part in community service/volunteer work outside of school as organised by the student themselves. This must be conducted as part of a registered organisation where a manger/director is able to sign documentation supporting the work completed by the student: Such organisations may include but are not limited to: St Vincent de Paul, UMFC, Scouts Victoria, S.E.S Victoria/NSW, Local Council Volunteer Network or an official church group such as Wodonga Catholic Parish Youth or Wodonga Baptist Church Youth.
  • This course will run during Semester One only and will be timetabled as one seventy-two session per week.
  • The possibility of continuing this course into term three also exists upon conversation with the group.
  • CSYMA Module completion: Including attendance at the Equipping School over three nights in late February.
  • Formal community service hours completed and signed by manager / director of organisation
  • Organisation and running of multiple CCW events
  • Maintenance of ministry journal for course content and faith development

This subject can only be selected upon:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 Youth Ministry
  • Approval by your current Year 11 Youth Ministry teacher and final approval from the REC
  • Demonstrated willingness to actively invest in your personal faith journey and support others in theirs.
  • Preferred successful completion of Pathways Youth Ministry.
What You Will Earn:
  • Certificate of completion
  • Connection to other Youth Academy members from Australia in support of each other on the journey.
  • 5 extra ATAR points at ACU for all undergraduate degrees.