Religious Education

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Sacred Heart College is a Catholic Marist and Champagnat boys’ school. Our vision is to prepare each student to leave the College well grounded in their faith, and ready and able to participate in a complex and changing world.

Religious Education is core to the Special Character of Sacred Heart College. Centred in Christ following the way of Mary, we bring each student to a greater understanding of their faith. Depth of understanding, through sound education practice, gives freedom to the individual to commit themselves in a fuller and more responsible way to a life in Christ.

Years 7 and 8

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow a programme of study set out in the New Zealand Religious Education statement for Primary Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand (1996). Each class covers a serious of topics associated with several learning strands and is guided by one teacher throughout the year.

Years 9 and 10

Classes are taught on a cyclical basis where students are in contact with a variety of teachers specialising in one unit of work.

Years 11 to 13

The Religious Education course follows the New Zealand National Religious Education Curriculum statement as determined by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (2010) and is a full academic course. The course is assessed through Achievement Standards. Students have the opportunity to gain 18 credits at each NCEA Level.


Religious Education Department Staff

Fr Stephen Berecz         Head of Department
Years 12 and 13
Miss Gemma Solomons Assistant HOD Religious Education
Br Murray Kelly Year 13 
Br Gerard Mahony Years 9 and 10
Mr Michael O'Donnell Year 12 
Mr Mark Davies Years 9, 12 and 13
Mr Jaaz Samuela Year 10