Programs and Curriculum
Catholic Education - Elementary

Catholic Education - Elementary

Catholic Education in Hamilton-Wentworth enables all learners to realize the fullness of humanity of which Our Lord Jesus Christ is the model. Students regularly participate in liturgies, masses and the sacraments, and Catholic teachings and Gospel values are authentically integrated across all curriculum areas and throughout all aspects of school life.

Religious Education in the Elementary schools consists of Religion and Family Life programming. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Catechetical Programs, Born of the Spirit and We are Strong Together, are taught to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight, and the Fully Alive Family Life Program, sponsored by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, is taught from Grades One to Eight.
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Family Life Education in Catholic Schools

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Family Life Education in Catholic Schools

In February, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Education released revisions to the Health & Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum, which will be taught in classrooms across Ontario, beginning in September, 2015. The Institute for Catholic Education provides resources to help parents understand how the expectations of the revised HPE curriculum will be taught in Catholic schools.

To access these resources, please visit
http://iceont.ca/resources/parent- ...

Kindergarten (JK/SK) - In God’s Image

The Program builds on the faith education that parents provide to their young children. The program activities nurture and celebrate the wonder of childhood as a gift and a reflection of the goodness and the beauty of God’s presence in the world.

Born of the Spirit Catechetical Program

Grade 1 – Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ

The Grade 1 Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ program follows the flow of the liturgical year, respecting the different seasons with all the moods and colours found in them.

The program is organized into the following five units:

Unit 1: I Am a Child of God
Unit 2: The Road to Bethlehem
Unit 3: My Life in Jesus
Unit 4: The Story of Lent and Easter
Unit 5: Jesus Is Always with Us

Grade 2 – Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ

The Grade 2 Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ program follows the flow of the liturgical year, respecting the different seasons with all the moods and colours found in them.

The program is organized into the following five units:

Unit 1: We Belong to God’s Family
Unit 2: The Road to Bethlehem
Unit 3: Jesus Guides Us
Unit 4: The Story of Lent and Easter
Unit 5: We Are Blessed in Faith

Grade 3 - In the Spirit We Belong

Students deepen their experience of belonging to God through the community of followers of Jesus gathered as Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Born of the Spirit Catechetical Program

Garde 4 - Come and See

Students learn the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ as announced by the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, meet the Lord Jesus through Gospel witnesses, and explore what it means to be disciples of Jesus today.

Born of the Spirit Catechetical Program

Grade 5 - May We Be One

Students learn that the Church is the community of God's people from all nations where the Lord Jesus is visible, active and present in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Born of the Spirit Catechetical Program

Garde 6 - You Shall Be My Witnesses

Students explore how young Christians rooted in the Christian tradition are witnesses of God's justice, love and compassion.

Born of the Spirit Catechetical Program

Grade 7 - Believe In Me

Students explore the teachings of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to deepen their relationship with God in and through Christ in the context of a Spirit filled community.

We are Strong Together Catechetical Program

Grade 8 - Stand By Me

Students explore the teachings of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to deepen and explore their relationship with God, Jesus, and the community of the Holy Spirit.

We are Strong Together Catechetical Program
The Fully Alive Family Life Education Program

The Fully Alive Family Life Education Program

The Fully Alive Family Life Education program, sponsored by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, is taught from Grades One to Eight. It was created to assist parents as the primary educators in the Christian formation of their children. The program encourages students to grow in Christian maturity as they discover the distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage and family. On-line Parent Resources for each Grade are available at www.acbo.on.ca/englishweb/fullyalive.htm
Byzantine Catholic Religion Program

Byzantine Catholic Religion Program

Religious Education consists of Religion and Family Life programming. The God With Us Catechetical program, approved and recommended by the Byzantine Catholic Bishops, is taught to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight. The program encourages students to identify with their heritage as Eastern Christians as they grow in their relationship with Christ.
Catholic Education - Secondary

Catholic Education - Secondary

At the Secondary level, Religion and Family Life Education are integrated into the Religious Studies courses at each grade level. In Grades Nine and Ten, Religion is offered only at the Open level, but in Grades Eleven and Twelve, students can choose to study at either the Open or the Academic level. The Grade Eleven World Religions course, at either level, fulfills the graduation requirement for a Senior Social Science credit, and the Academic level Grade Twelve (HRT 4M) course can be counted as one of the six courses necessary for admission to university.

Grade 9 -- Open Religion - HRE 101

Course Description: Be With Me

This course invites students to a deeper understanding of both the joy and the demands of following in the way of Christ and living out the call to discipleship as it is described in the Scriptures. Using the Beatitudes as a touchstone, students examine the attitudes and actions that characterize the Christian life. Students will explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships and sexuality. They are encouraged to understand and nurture within themselves the virtues which will enable them to deepen their relationship with, in and through Christ in the context of a Spirit filled community.

Grade 10 - Open Religion - HRE 201

Course Description: Christ and Culture

This course examines the relationship between the person and message of Christ and the dominant attitudes of contemporary culture. Central to this course is the sacramental nature of Jesus and through His incarnation, the sacramentality of the Catholic Church, persons, and all of creation. Beginning with students’ own life experiences, seen in light of the Gospel narratives, students acquire a deeper and more systematic knowledge of Christ, his message, and his Church. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing as a member of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a secular society. In the Family Life Education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality. Students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the call and response to Christian Community Service.

Grade 11 - Open Religion - HRF 301

Course Overview: World Religions and Belief Traditions in Daily Life

This course enables students to study world religions and belief traditions in local, Canadian, and global contexts. Students will explore aspects of the human quest for meaning and will examine world religions and belief traditions as exemplified in various sacred teachings and principles, rites, and passages. They will also study the interaction throughout history between society and various belief traditions, and will have opportunities to develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of world religions and belief traditions.

Grade 11 - Academic Religion - HRT 3M1

Course Overview: World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges,

This course provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the terms and concepts relevant to this area of study, will examine the ways in which religions and belief traditions meet various human needs, and will learn about the relationship between belief and action. They will examine sacred writings and teachings, consider how concepts of time and place influence different religions and belief traditions, and develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of human expressions of belief.

Grade 12 - Open Religion - HRE 401

Course Description: Creating a Christian Lifestyle

This course assists students in their development of the skills and knowledge necessary to live lives of full maturity. Within the Catholic Faith tradition, it is believed that this growth towards human maturity is best served when students are able to define themselves authentically in relation to their God, to other people and to their world. In the Family Life Education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships and sexuality. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the prophetic tradition in Scripture, become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church, explore contemporary notions of spiritually and prayer, and recognize the importance, power and potential of the human person in relation to morality and personal choices concerning future life paths.

Grade 12 - Academic Religion - HRE 4M1

Course Description: In Search of the Good

This course will assist students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to live lives of full maturity. This course will explore and focus on the need to understand what it means to live as a moral person, using the primary example of Christ. There will be an exploration of Christian ethics and case studies involving ethical dilemmas that will challenge and engage students in examination, research, discussion and resolution of these dilemmas according to Catholic Church teaching. Students will explore the more complex questions and values of life, in order to build a foundation of knowledge that will open their minds and hearts to be able to find their way through any situation in an ethical way.