Religious education is the academic field of multi-disciplinary, secular study of religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions. It describes, compares, interprets, and explains religion, emphasizing systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives. While theology attempts to understand the nature and intentions of a supernatural force (such as deities), religious studies tries to study religious behavior and belief from outside any particular religious viewpoint. Religious studies draws upon multiple disciplines and their methodologies including anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history of religion.
Congratulations to all the Second Year Students on the very high standard of work and excellent presentation of their entries in the RE Projects presented last Friday. Their Principal, Year Head and Class teacher were amazed by the standard and also congratulated their teacher, Miss Nealon, on their work. . The winning groups were Norma Houlihan, Louise Lawlor, Shane Kissane , Seán Mulvihill and Seán Farrell who were in first place with the group of Claire Walsh, Shane Power, Dean Nolan , Colleen Kennelly and Michaela O’Connor. The prize for the best speaker of the presentation went to Shane Mc Gregor. The prize winners will be heading on a trip to Newgrange in the near future.
The launch of a cd of Christmas Carols by St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion’s School choir, was launched at Ger Walsh’s Recording Studio in Tralee, on Friday morning December 18th. It was launched by tenor Cormac Daly from the Celtic Kings fame. This cd was the idea of the Parent’s Council of the school for a fundraising initiative for the school, and marks Mrs Linda Lynch’s 10th year working with the choir which comprises of students from all years in the school. At the presentation were John O’Donovan Principal, Mrs Linda Lynch Choir manager, Bernadette Farrell Kendlin Parent’s Council representative, and sixth years, Tessa Harty, Nicola Kissane, Máire Hitchen, Breda Houlihan, Rita O’Carroll, Heather Moran and Michelle Rowan.