Religious Education

The mission of Clongowes Wood College is to educate its pupils according to the best traditions and highest standards of Jesuit schooling and the values of the Gospel as expressed in The Characteristics of Jesuit Education. Religious Education is an integral part of the school curriculum and plays an essential role in the holistic development of each pupil.

First, second and third year pupils study the Junior Certificate Syllabus under the following headings:

  • Communities of Faith
  • Foundations of Religion
  • World Religions
  • The Question of Faith
  • The Celebration of Faith
  • The Moral Challenge.

Transition Year students undertake a unit of work on Social Justice and Religious Education, as a Leaving Certificate subject, is also available.

All senior cycle students follow an adapted form of the curriculum framework for Senior Cycle R.E., with units such as

  • Images of Jesus in Contemporary Culture
  • Religion and Science
  • Religious Faith in Contemporary Ireland
  • The Continuing Search for Meaning and Values
  • Thinking About Morality.

There is a focus on Jesuit history, values and spirituality throughout.

The general aim of the Religious Education Department is to deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of faith through regular classes in each of the six year-groups. The school also aims to foster the students’ faith development through the celebration of the sacraments. As a Jesuit school we invite and encourage the students to form a loving relationship with God and to deepen their appreciation of the Catholic Tradition in particular.