Religious Education is studied as a core subject in the sixth form and takes place for one hour every week. The course is taught in separate study groups but has also been team-taught in whole year groups on occasions and for the benefit of outside speakers which are warmly welcomed as part of the wider Sixth Form RE curriculum.
A selection of some of the outside speakers we have welcomed to St Benedict’s over the last two years have been:
- A Development worker from Zimbabwe & the Youth Activism Assistant from Progressio, London – to speak to the group about the impact of climate change on developing countries.
- Sr. Anna O’Connor – from the Chaplaincy Team at Birmingham University
- Ms Jane Lavery from CAFOD, to talk about CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign and her work in China.
- Members of the CAFOD team also worked with yr12s to explore Catholic Social Teaching and its implications in our global society.
- The LIFE team to explore sexuality and relationships
- Emily Sara on her recent voluntary work in Palestine along with Friends of the Holy Land, who spoke to Year 12 about their charity work with the Christian community in the Holy Land.
- Fr.Eddie Claire from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redditch, who delivered a short course on the dignity of the human person, based on scripture and Church encyclicals.
- Sr Anna O’Connor, previously from the Chaplaincy Team at Birmingham University, speaking about University Multi-Faith Chaplaincies and what they offer the 21st century student.
- A ‘Grill Bill’ session with the Sixth Form chaplain, Fr. Bill Wilton
- This year two of our Year 13 students also had the opportunity to meet and interview the brother of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Gasper Romero, while he was on a visit to this country.
Alongside of the invaluable and varied input from our outside speakers, the two Sixth Form year groups follow the CAFOD produced post-16 resources, including courses on
- Peace, Conflict & Community Cohesion
- Stewardship, Creation & the Environment
The course also includes exploration of Catholic Social Teaching, some early Greek Philosophy, Religion & the Media, An introduction to World Religions and Christ in other Faiths, and this year we will be introducing a course in Feminist Theology. Since September 2013 we have also had the invaluable help and support of Naomi Ceairns as our Youth Minister for the school.