The Religion courses offered here at St. Thomas Aquinas are guided by the Institute for Catholic Education and its 2006 Religious Education Policy Document:
Religious Education, as an evolving discipline, enables young people to discover the truth, nurture the attitudes and develop the skills necessary to grow as young Catholics in these changing times. For these reasons, Religious Education is designed to promote a Catholic identity that will assist them in the task of becoming life-long learners in relation to their faith within a multi-religious and sometimes anti-religious society. It is also designed to assist in the process of ethical and moral formation within a culture that all too often fails to recognize the call of God upon men and women, the fundamental dignity of the human person and the existence of absolute ethical norms. (ICE, p. 2)
Our Grade 9, 10 and 12 Religion courses are based on the catechetical series resources provided by our Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Be With Me, Christ and Culture and In Search of the Good. Our Grade 11 World Religions course has as its primary resource, the Assembly of Ontario Catholic Bishops sponsored text: World Religions A Canadian Catholic Perspective.
All of our Religious Education courses endeavour to assist students as they develop their knowledge of religious language, concepts and ideas in order that they may come to a greater sense of religious literacy as expressed in our Catholic world view. The courses in our Religion programme here at St. Thomas Aquinas “invite students to build their relationship with the person of Jesus Christ as witnessed to by the Catholic faith, which recognizes the centrality of God, the dignity of the human person, and the importance of ethical norms.” (ICE, p. 3)
Other courses offered by members of our department are in the areas of the Social Sciences and Humanities: introductory courses in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology in grades 11 and 12; Family Studies courses – including Human Growth and Development, Parenting; and Humanities course such as Philosophy in Grade 12.