Students in Year Eight are becoming aware of early questions of the human heart related to identity and self-understanding: 'Who am I?' 'What is the meaning of my life?' 'What is the meaning of the changes I am experiencing?' and 'What do the physical changes I am experiencing mean?'
The ways these questions are formulated in the early teens follow from the degree of their self-awareness.
The human heart question that underlies this Unit is: 'What is the purpose of my body?'
We commence our Term’s work with a consideration of the changes we experience in our bodies as we grow from childhood to adulthood. You will be introduced to the concept of the body being used to express the language of the human person.
It is common for people to express concern about their physical appearance. Our society pressures people about their body image and teenagers are particularly vulnerable. This will be our focus for the week.
Through his teaching and actions, Jesus shows his followers how to treat their bodies. During this week, we will reflect on how his followers draw on the power of God’s Kingdom to live in ways that God intends.
During this week, we will reflect on how through Baptism, a believer’s body becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit. The graces people receive through Baptism help them to change and develop in ways that God intends.
This is our assessment week.
The focus for this week is the Sacrament of Confirmation. Through the Sacrament, the Holy Spirit empowers believers to deal with the pressures of daily life. We will consider how the gifts of the Spirit can be drawn on to handle specific issues affecting teenagers.
During this week, we will continue working on our projects.
The final part of our course focuses on the Season of Advent. We will relate Advent to the challenge of growing up and how God seeks to empower us to deal with our problems.