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Deus Solum Sufficet - God Alone Suffices
Contact Details
St. Andrew's & St. Bride's High School Platthorn Drive East Kilbride G74 1NL
Phone: 01355 574110 Fax:  01355 574111 Email:  Email us Here Directions to School:  View Here
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Aims of the department

The RMCE department aims to support all young people in their personal search for truth and meaning in life.  In the context of a Catholic School this means that we aim to:
  • develop their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
  • investigate and understand the relevance of the Catholic faith to questions about truth and the meaning of life.
  • highlight, develop and foster the values, attitudes and practices which are compatible with a positive response to the invitation to faith.
  • develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act in accordance with an informed conscience when making moral decisions.
  • nurture the prayer life of the individual and of the school community.
  • understand and appreciate significant aspects of other Christian traditions and major world religions.
  • make a positive difference to themselves and the world by putting their beliefs and values.


It is recognised that young people are at various stages of spiritual development, and so we endeavour to:
  • Create time for Reflection. Allowing learners to think in such a way that they enter their own, or another person’s, life experience. They are invited to respond by identifying and declaring the thoughts and feelings which they experience.
  • Encourage Questioning where  learners recognise key issues common to all people, which lie at the root of the life experience under reflection.
  • Explain the meaning of aspects of Sacred Scripture and Tradition which help the learner make sense of the particular element of life experience under consideration.
  • Engage with the young people. Establishing a relationship of respect and trust with learners. Recognising the importance that the learner understands of his or her own life experience and affirm the unique capacity of each person to reflect upon events.
  • Deepen the learners understand beyond cognitive understanding alone. Experiences such as poetry, prayer, meditation, music, drama and faith witness can open not only the mind but also the heart and soul of the learner.
  • Create a climate of respect for the beliefs of all learners and affirm the worth of each person being able to reflect, identify and describe their personal understanding of what they believe in the context under study. Within this ethos learners are led on to reflect upon the challenge to respond to God’s call which lies at the heart of the study under consideration.They are asked to describe and explain their response and how this may affect their own life and that of others.
Responding in this way, learners within the Catholic tradition have the opportunity to deepen their existing faith commitment. Within this ethos, learners of other denominations, faiths and stances for living which may be independent of religious belief are presented with the opportunity to progress their personal search for meaning and truth.
This is Our Faith

The Catholic Education Commission has developed a Religious Education syllabus for the Senior Phase, building on the syllabus provided in This Is Our Faith for the Broad General Education phase of the curriculum in Catholic schools.  The Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation has granted a Decree of Recognitio for ‘This is Our Faith – Senior Phase’ The document sets out clear expectations for the learning which will be experienced by young people in the final years of secondary school.  The new syllabus will be formally launched on 29th October 2015 at the Emirate stadium Glasgow.

Assessment in religious education in Roman Catholic schools should assist children and young people to become increasingly more able to understand and make informed, mature responses to God’s invitation to relationship. Personal faith commitment is not being assessed in any shape or form. In the educational context, the assessment of children and young people’s response to God’s invitation to relationship demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills that learners have gained to support their response to learning in religious education and in the wider life of the school.
By its nature, learning in religious education involves children and young people visiting and re-visiting topics and relating them to real-life situations as they grow and develop. They can demonstrate progress through their abilities in analysing, evaluating and communicating their increasing understanding with coherence and confidence, and through reflecting on their own and other people’s experience of life. Children and young people can also demonstrate progress in how they respond to questions and issues, in the extent to which they engage in reflection and discussion on issues of belief and morality, and through their developing abilities to think critically. Examples of progress will include increasingly thoughtful responses to questions demonstrating progressive breadth in their knowledge and depth in their perceptions.
Citizenship Education

There are important links between health and wellbeing, and religious and moral education in Roman Catholic schools in the establishment of values and growth of spiritual wellbeing, and in considering relationships. Through our curriculum we try to ensure that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. Therefore the following areas are also incorporated into the curriculum
  • Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
  • Planning for choices and changes
  • Food and health
  • Substance misuse
  • Relationships, sexual health and parenthood.
S1 Retreats – During the months of August and September each Religious Education class will visit Carfin Grotto for a day of pilgrimage, with a focus on Our Lady and our journey through life. To see the pictures click HERE