Catherine McKinley
Religious Education Instructional 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 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


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.