Faith and Living


Religious Education, Personal Development and Pastoral Care at Gleeson College

Religious Education at Gleeson College gives students a range of opportunities to explore the role that faith and spirituality has for both oneself and one's own community. As a community of faith, we believe God is active through each individual person, and that by developing a better understanding of life in all its contexts, students discover how God is present in their lives. In all year levels, students are introduced to traditions early in their classes and living within a 'Faith-filled Community' is evidenced through our College values.

Our Religious Education curriculum, which takes on elements of Catholic Social Teaching, is interwoven with our personal development and pastoral care program. Pastoral Care at Gleeson College is based upon the firm belief that every individual belongs to the College Community and should have the fullest possibility for personal, social and spiritual growth.

As such, there are now five lessons per week dedicated to Religious Education, personal development and pastoral care in each year level. The application of a revised approach incorporates feedback from students, parents and staff alike to broaden the scope and scale of what Religious Education looks like at Gleeson College, as well as implementing the redesigned CESA Crossways curriculum. Accordingly, our new subject 'Faith and Living' consists of six domains; Religious Education, House Identity, Pastoral Care, Capabilities, School Community and Service, Personal Development and Future Directions.

Faith and Living is a subject that allows students to develop their skills and dispositions across spiritual, academic and practical domains, which explores ideas and concepts in religious education, personal development, global citizenship, ecological awareness and responsibility, as well as life lessons in authentic contexts and situations. 

It is a compulsory subject for students to complete from Years 7-12, however in Stages 1 and 2, students' achievement in the area of Religious Studies education is acknowledged with SACE credits and contributes to their SACE Certificate. Subsequently, at Year 11, students attract 20 Stage 1 SACE credits and at Year 12, 10 Stage 2 credits, which can be used towards their ATAR.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Acting Coordinator of Religious Education and Catholic Identity, Alesia Sala, via email at: