Religious Education Staff

Director of Religious Studies

Marianne Bray

Faculty Leader for Religious Education

Constance McCombe


Catherine Lipski

Clare McGivern

Melissa Spragg

Janet Williams

Nicole Joseph

Katherine McGillivray

Fanning the flames of faith

The Faculty of Religious Education is a vibrant and engaging community of learners. Our mission is to ignite and fan the flames of faith and to educate students in a wide range of dimensions of the Catholic Church. All students at St Mary’s College take part in Religious Education classes three times a week, all of which are taught by specialist Theology teachers.

Modern resources, in-depth study

Following the Understanding Faith curriculum, as a student at St Mary’s College you will be educated in Church teachings, aspects of worship, liturgy and experience, Church history, and Christian ethics. Teaching is based on the Authority of the Church through Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial documents. Resources are up-to-date and the junior program is BYOD integrated. Integration of BYOD into the senior program is in progress.

Credits for NCEA, University Entrance approved

The Faculty of Religious Education maintains high academic expectations and achievement. As a senior student, you will complete three internal achievement standards each year, contributing to a total of 18 credits towards NCEA per year. Level 1 and 2 Religious Education achievement standards contribute to Level 1 Literacy requirements. Level 3 standards contribute as an approved subject to University Entrance, and some Level 3 Standards contribute to Level 3 Literacy requirements for reading.