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Faith and Formation

Mrs Mary-Louise Towns, Religious Education/Catholic Identity Co-ordinator

Nagle College was founded in 1958 with the aim to support parents in educating their sons and daughters within the Catholic tradition. In the spirit of St John Bosco and Nano Nagle, the College aims to develop young Christian men and women by providing an education in faith and opportunities for faith development that enrich the spirituality of our students. We offer the opportunity to all students and their families to hear and experience Christ’s message of love, hope and service. We look forward to working in partnership with all those who will respect the Catholic philosophy of the College.

The religious and spiritual dimension of the school is an integral part of the school life. We realise the importance of developing a sense of self-esteem and individuality in our students, as well as nurturing their spiritual awareness. Through our House and Pastoral Care Systems we emphasise Christian relationships and provide an environment of support for our students.

The Cross on the Hill, Nagle College

Curriculum

As a compulsory part of the curriculum, the College provides a variety of liturgical and spiritual activities for the students.

Students come together in vertical Pastoral groups each morning. The day begins with a prayer and reflection in which students are actively encouraged to take part. The Religious Education Program includes liturgical celebrations. During this time a small number of classes come together to share in the celebration of the Eucharist or other liturgical rites. Students are given the opportunity to take a prominent role in setting the environment, assisting in the Liturgy of the Word, or being involved in music. An important aspect of the Liturgy is the educative aspect as students are given the chance to learn more about the Catholic faith.

During the year, several whole College Liturgies occur. These occasions bring together the whole Nagle Community. Students are given the opportunity to take an active part in the preparation of readings, prayers, music, singing, dance and processions.

Students in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 are required to participate in the College Retreat Program. These Retreats complement the Religious Education curriculum for these year levels and cater for the varying stages of the student's spiritual development.

Retreat Program

The Year 9 and 10 Retreats take place over one day with students spending time at the College in a relaxed environment. These Retreat days are facilitated by Chris Doyle of Karis Ministries Sydney, using music and entertainment to challenge students to reflect on what is meaningful in their lives. In Year 9 the theme is "Positive Decision Making"; in Year 10 the theme is "Finding Wisdom". 

Year 11 students participate in a two day Retreat. The theme is "Living a Life that Matters". Students reflect on aspects of their lives related to fears and uncertainties, personal strengths and weaknesses, and future hopes and challenges.

Year 12 students attend a three day Retreat with the theme “In the Potter's Hands”, which is related to the Year 12 motto chosen for the year. Students are given the opportunity in large and small groups to discuss issues related to influences on their lives such as family, friends and their faith.

Nagle College staff facilitate the Retreat activities and generously share personal experiences and significant aspects of their lives with students. A highlight of each of the Retreats is the Eucharist prepared by the students and active participation in Reconciliation.

The Retreat days are an opportunity for the Year levels to bond, challenging them to think outside the square, and to increase their openness to a relationship with God.

Nagle College offers a quality Religious Education study. Through the RE program the College aims to develop an understanding of the beliefs, values, teachings, wisdom and mysteries of the Catholic Church. Students will explore history, the bible as text, doctrine, sacraments, symbols and rituals of the Catholic Church and other traditions, developing an appreciation of all religions. Students will also be provided with opportunities to develop an awareness of social justice issues in the contemporary world.