Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, in keeping with the tenets of the School’s Anglican foundation
, provides Christian knowledge and understanding so to enable students to become active and thoughtful members of the wider community, and as such, underpins and explains the School Purpose
. The subject is taught in an academically rigorous fashion and with the inclusiveness expected of liberal but orthodox Anglican schooling. Compassion, empathy and service beyond self are integral elements of such education.
From Year 7 to Year 10 all students study a foundational program of Religion, Philosophy & Ethics which concentrates on four interrelated areas of study which ensures the students have a broad and firm understanding of religious, philosophical and ethical issues and as such are also well prepared for the Western Australian Certificate of Education subjects, Philosophy & Ethics, and Spirituality & Life. The four streams are Aspects of Christianity; the Philosophy of Religion; World Religions; and Ethical Investigations. In Years 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to study the Western Australian Certificate of Education subjects, Philosophy & Ethics, and Religion & Life.
A number of subjects within the Personal Learning Program of the Catalyst Curriculum
for Years 7 to 9 discuss issues relating to Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. In Year 7 students undertake a ten-week, local, community-based project during one term, culminating with students contributing to a local charity, service or community group. Students begin to develop their compassionate self by considering alternative perspectives and advocating the rights and opinions of others. In Year 8 students complete a Collaborative Aid Project. This course builds directly upon the Community Focused Project undertaken in Year 7. Students investigate, select, develop and commit to achievement-oriented goals for a larger scale aid project. In Year 9 students further develop perspectives on faith within the History of Beliefs and Values course. This course examines both modern and ancient cultures, their history, beliefs and religions.