Year 11/12 Prepare for the HSC at the Studies of Religion Conference

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On Friday, 29 April, Year 11 and Year 12 Studies of Religion classes attended the "Studies of Religion Conference" at Western Sydney University, Nirimba. This event was created (by former St John Paul II teacher, Robert Feeney) to assist students within the Diocese of Parramatta with their preparation for the HSC. Schools who attended the event included Parramatta Marist, St John Paul II, Catherine McAuley, Xavier, Emmaus, Loyola, Gilroy and Delany. The day began with a key note address by Mr John Noble, a co-author of the Cambridge textbook students use in class, followed by a range of workshops students could choose to attend to assist them with different sections of the Studies of Religion course, including assistance on extended response writing, success in section II, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Religion and Peace, and the Year of Mercy. 

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The event was held in the Nirimba Education Precinct U10 building that holds lecture theatres and classrooms for workshops. The Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students from St John Paul II Catholic College organised morning tea and lunch for 400 plus students and teachers at the event. During these times students enjoyed the opportunity to speak to other students from different schools about the HSC courses. The day was greatly beneficial for the students as it inspired them to achieve their learning goals in Studies of Religion.