Catholic life and religious education

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St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove is built on and guided by the Ursuline tradition, founded by St Angela Merici.

As partners in Catholic education, we foster an inclusive and vibrant school community which is based on the Gospel values that sit at the heart of every Catholic school.

Parish life

Our College supports active student participation in the life of our feeder parishes at Our Lady of Fatima, Kingsgrove; Regina Coeli, Beverly Hills; St Joseph’s Riverwood; Our Lady of Lourdes, Earlwood and Our Lady of Fatima, Peakhurst. We provide students with opportunities for a rich and varied prayer, spiritual and service life.

At St Ursula’s, Catholic life and religious education involves our community (students, staff and parents) understanding the Ursuline values and the charism of St Angela Merici which underpins our curricular and co-curricular life.

Religious education, masses, daily prayer, liturgies, reflection days, evangelisation opportunities and retreats are some of the ways the College upholds an Ursuline education and supports students to develop a personal relationship with God.

Our staff have regular opportunities to develop their own religious and spiritual life and to engage in deep learning of the Ursuline charism through readings, professional learning and pilgrimages.

The College also fosters strong connections with other Ursuline schools in Australia; giving our students and staff opportunities to connect with and learn from our Ursuline sisters and brothers.

In addition, our students can participate in an Indigenous Immersion Program, in a remote community, where they experience what it can mean to be an Indigenous Australian Catholic today.

Eucharistic minister training is offered each year to senior students and staff.

Religious education

At St Ursula’s, we are committed to leading our students to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and assisting them in deepening their relationship with him.

Religious education is through both curriculum-based subjects and the Ursuline philosophy that underpins all that we do. We encourage our students to explore their Catholic faith in the context of the big questions of life.

Catholic studies is taught from Years 7 to 12, focusing on the Archdiocesan Religious Education Program, supported by the textbook, To Know Worship and Love.

In Years 11 and 12, students have the opportunity to choose either of the two Board of Studies courses Studies of Religion I or II for their HSC pattern of study, or to continue participating in the Religious Education program of the school through the non-ATAR course, Studies in Catholic Thought.