Religious Education and Chaplaincy

As a Catholic school, Religious Education plays an important part in the life and work of Coláiste Muire, Réalt na Mara. RE is a core subject taken by all year groups from first year to sixth year. In first, second and third year, students follow the NCCA syllabus, completing CBA 1 in 2nd year and CBA 2 in 3rd year before sitting a final written exam (common level) at the end of 3rd year. The Religious Education course contains three strands: Expressing Beliefs, Exploring Questions and Living Our Values. This is complemented by an in-class project on the life of Venerable Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation Sisters. Further information on this course can be accessed here: NCCA RE. 

In Transition year, fifth and sixth year, students follow the NCCA non-exam RE syllabus which includes but is not limited to topics such as world religions, social justice, spirituality and moral decision making. Students are also given the opportunity to engage in different fundraising and charitable activities such as the Christmas Shoebox Appeal and the Simon Community food collection. 

School Chaplain

‘The chaplain, as a faith presence, committed to the values of Christ … accompanies each person on their journey …’ (Monahan & Renehan)

Living out this faith presence, the school chaplain listens and responds to the spiritual needs of the school community.

This involves the teaching of Religious Education, the planning of liturgical services and the organisation of school retreats throughout the year. It also involves listening to students and supporting them on their journey.