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At Ryan Catholic College, all students study Religious Education.
The rigorous Prep to Year 9 curriculum is developed by the Townsville Catholic Education Office and adapted at the school level to ensure relevance to the lives of the students. In Years 10, 11 and 12, students access Religious Education that meets QCAA requirements or assists students to obtain VET qualification. The approach involves teaching about religion and does not presume knowledge nor does it try to change beliefs. It does, however, encourage students to critically engage with unit content, scripture and prayer, helping them to have a good understanding of Catholic Identity and how that identity interacts in the world.
Students are supported by their teachers and a Religious Education Coordinator to engage meaningfully in Religious Education.
The College community regularly gathers to worship together, including special occasions such as the Opening Liturgy, Memorial Mass, and Ryan Day.
These celebrations are accessible to all and all are welcome.
During a student’s time at Ryan Catholic College, they will attend retreats at critical developmental stages. In general terms, a retreat is a safe space where participants can experience renewal, spiritual formation and gain a high level of self-awareness. It is also the perfect setting for a profound meeting with a participant’s God.
The community is also offered daily and weekly opportunities for our students and staff to come together in prayer.
Students are supported by their Homeroom teachers, Pastoral Leaders and the College Chaplain to engage meaningfully in the opportunities that enhance the Religious Life of the School.
Ryan Catholic College has a strong tradition of charity and service activities.
Students are invited to annually support charities such as Caritas, the Bishop’s Appeal for Diocesan Ministries, Catholic Mission and the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies). They are also invited to engage with justice-focussed volunteering for organisations such as Young Christian Students, St Vincent de Paul, and in various community organisations.
Students are supported by the many staff members that volunteer their time to mentor students as they develop partnerships with the wider community.
We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Wulgurukaba people. We also acknowledge their neighbouring brothers and sisters on the land, the Bindal people. We pay our respects to elders past present and emerging. May we walk gently and peacefully on this land together.