The purpose of permeation is to share our core religious values with our students. The following Broad Areas of Learning and curriculum outcomes are from the Saskatchewan Catholic Studies Curriculum for Grades 9 – 12. All teachers in Catholic schools are encouraged to look for authentic ways to share the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic faith regardless of the grade or subject matter.
“Wonder is the desire for knowledge.” (St. Thomas Aquinas)
High School Religion Outcomes
Students who are engaged in constructing and applying knowledge naturally build a positive disposition towards learning. Throughout their Catholic studies, students seek, construct, express and evaluate knowledge, which provides the motivation to discover and further explore Catholic beliefs and values more deeply. As students engage in meaningful inquiry within schools and communities, and share their experiences with others, they are able to gain a depth of understanding about the world and human experience that enables them to become lifelong learners.
“That you may be able to know God, first know yourself.” (St. Cyprian of Carthage)
Sense of Self, Community and Place
In Catholic studies, students learn about themselves, their Catholic community, and the world around them. Students who possess a positive identity and understand how it is shaped by their interactions with others and their environment, can nurture meaningful relationships and appreciate various worldviews. As indicated by Pope Francis (2013), sharing the faith strengthens the faith of those to whom it is offered (i.e., the evangelized) as well as those making the offer (i.e., the evangelist). This is an important aspect of the pilgrim virtue of joy and one’s journey of faith within community. Through Catholic studies, students develop and strengthen their understanding of community as they explore ways in which Catholic studies can inform individual and community decision making.
“Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe.” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
As students explore Catholic studies, they experience opportunities to contribute positively to the spiritual, environmental, economic, and social sustainability of local and global communities. Students reflect and act on their personal responsibility to understand and respect their place in the natural and constructed world and make personal decisions that contribute to living in harmony with others and the natural world.
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