In Year 8 students learn what people understand about God from creation and describe the relationship between people and the universe. They identify characteristics of community embodied in the Church. They learn that Catholics celebrate their relationship with God in the Mass and the Seven Sacraments. Students will be challenged to explore a variety of spiritual, moral and social issues through the following topics:

TERM 1: BELONGING AND ACCEPTANCE IN CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES

  • Accepting and belonging
  • Parish and Catholic schools are Church communities
  • Jesus came to call people into communion with God
  • The saving power of God
  • The human and divine natures of Jesus
  • Jesus formed God’s special family as a community
  • How do people come to know God?
  • Lent – a special time of personal growth in following Jesus

TERM 2: THE UNIVERSAL NEED FOR GOD

  • The search for true happiness
  • Recognising God’s presence
  • Religions help people learn about God
  • How we come to know God
  • God's Chosen People of Israel
  • The characteristics of the religion of Israel
  • The New Covenant of Jesus
  • The Church founded by Jesus
  • Jesus taught his followers about prayer

TERM 3: CREATION-GOD'S ORIGINAL PLAN

  • The purpose of Creation
  • Creation- a sign of God's love
  • God creates original harmony
  • God's original harmony damaged
  • Jesus the Redeemer
  • Signs of the Power of Jesus
  • The end of the universe as people know it

TERM 4: GROWING IN THE IMAGE OF GOD

  • The teenage body
  • Jesus taught about the human body
  • Baptism - the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation
  • The Eucharist
  • The Mass - origins and structure
  • Advent - a time of special prayer