Religious Education


Ethos/mission statement

Religious Education at The Donahies Community School

At The Donahies Religious Education is recognised as an essential component of the broader school curriculum. This curriculum is based on the education and development of the whole person, academically and spiritually. As such Religious Education is of central importance within the overall framework of our educational aims. We aim topromote the Catholic ethos and values of our school and in this context guide our students in their personal spiritual/life journey. It is consistent with this ethos that we ensure that Religious Education is inclusive of all students whatever their faith and belief system and that tolerance and mutual understanding is promoted at all levels. In this manner we aim to equip students to enter into meaningful dialogue with those of all faith traditions and those who do not have any religious affiliations. We believe such a spirit of interculturalism to be an essential component of any effective educational program in a culturally diverse society. The starting point for this, with respect to all students, is that they have a well-developed knowledge and understanding of their own religious tradition and an appreciation of its significance. This aim therefore remains at the heart of our Religious Educational Program.

The School curriculum, in general, is based on a foundation of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes, all of which foster personal and spiritual development. In this regard Religious Education is an ideal medium for reflection, understanding and interpretation with respect to human and personal experience. Religious Education therefore interlinks with all other subjects and highlights the personal element of the learning experience, whereby students participate in their own conscious and critical development.

Our Oratory


Objective of Our Religious Education Policy


  • To promote the status of RE in the school.
  • To provide an effective framework for the religious education of all students.
  • To promote the religious ethos of the school in an inclusive manner whereby students of all backgrounds have the opportunity for personal and spiritual development.
  • To help specify our aims and procedures and the role of RE in the school.
  • To help develop a sense of justice, care for the weak, respect for nature and cooperation among the students, and to promote religious values such as honour, respect, honesty.
  • To provide opportunities to develop sacramental and spiritual awareness.

The Religion Team

Religion teachers- Teach the RE Programme and provide for thereligious and spiritual development of students. They are also concerned with pastoral welfare of the students.

The Chaplain- There is a full time Chaplain in the school. The Chaplain coordinates religious activities with the other members of the Religion department and forms part of the school’s pastoral care team

Some of the students who helped with our Trocaire Lenten Campaig

Religious Education

Religious Education at the Donahies is orientated towards the personal, religious and spiritual development of our students. It is designed to be cross-curricular and to be accessible to students of all backgrounds and belief systems. As such, while we promote and maintain the catholic ethos of our school, we also strive to provide for the personal/spiritual education and development of students of all faiths and none.

We follow the Junior Certificate Curriculum and our Senior Cycle Religion Programme is broadly based on aspects of the NCCA Framework Curriculum. Both programmes incorporate liturgical events, topical issues and charitable activities, thereby forging possible curricular links with related subjects such as SPHE, CSPE and LCVP.  At Junior Cycle three periods a week are provided for Religious Education and at senior level two periods per week.

For Leaving Certificate Applied there is a separate religion programme, which operates on a modular basis, and has its own recommended resources.

Faith Formation and the Liturgical Year

Important liturgical occasions and activities are incorporated into our religion programme. The school has an oratory in which important liturgical occasions are usually marked in cooperation with RE teachers and the school Chaplain who will usually help to coordinate such activities. We also have links with local parishes and clergy.

Retreat Programs

Class groups will be provided with the opportunity for a retreat during the course of the year. These retreats generally take placewithin the school. Fourth Years, however, are usually offered a retreat outside the school as part of their Transition Year Programme.