Year Nine

  • Achievement Standards
  • Knowledge, Understandings and Skills
  • Sample Units

Year 9

By the end of Year Nine students interpret, investigate and communicate an understanding of how the prophets are models for Christian life. Students examine and appraise the life stories of people striving to follow Gospel values in their particular time and circumstance. Students demonstrate their understanding of the Christian teaching of Jesus overcoming death in the resurrection. Students reflect on, identify and describe aspects of their own lives and modern culture that need to be transformed.

By the end of Year Nine students analyse different qualities, features and conventions of the symbols and rituals of the Sacraments of Healing. Students reflect on, identify and describe how the Sacraments of Healing continues to enrich their relationship with God.

By the end of Year Nine students discuss the effects of self-centred personal choices on relationships with God, others and the earth. Students demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of a variety of groups and  an understanding of actions that work for the common good within the community. Students identify and explain some of the benefits of participating in action to promote justice in the school, local and wider community.

By the end of Year Nine students communicate that prayer is deeply personal but also communal. Students examine and explore formal prayers. Students evaluate and discuss the actions, motives, values of individuals and groups such as lay people and founders of religious orders.

Knowledge and Understandings



The biblical prophets reveal the nature of God
The Hebrew prophets challenge people to keep the demands of the covenant.
Modern –day prophets live out the God’s call to justice.
Christians from other denominations who have worked for justice e.g. Martin Luther King, Dietrich Bonheoffer.
Leaders from other religious traditions who have worked for justice e.g. Gandhi, Dalai Lama.

Identify images of God in the prophetic literature.
Communicate central messages and themes of Hebrew prophets.
Research and explain how people can be the “Face of God.”
Identify ways individuals can respond with justice to issues in the world.
Explore the relationship between the dramatic actions and challenging messages of some Old Testament prophets.

The Incarnation is Jesus, present in the world, truly human and truly God.
CCC464-466, 470
The Incarnation and  Resurrection  of Jesus are foundational beliefs of Christianity.
This is understood and portrayed in many ways in the rich history of the Christian tradition.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the heart of the Christian faith.
God totally and absolutely loves creation and enters into it fully.
Incarnation and Resurrection are parts of a whole.

Use scripture to discern  how the early Christian community understood the Resurrection of Jesus.
Identify the foundational beliefs of Christianity as expressed across a range of core Christian texts.
Reflect critically on the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in lives today.
Formulate ideas about the relevance and consequences of these foundational beliefs for Christian believers today.


Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick – Sacraments of Healing.
The nature, structure and purpose of the sacraments of healing
Value the need for reconciliation and healing as unifying forces for the community.
The importance of the sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick in the Catholic tradition.
The Sacraments of Healing call believers to conversion and loving trust in God’s healing grace
Through the Sacraments of Healing, the Christian community continues Jesus’ healing, care and compassion.
Jewish people celebrate the Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to ask forgiveness.

Categorize the symbols and ritual structure of the Sacraments of Healing.
Create specific aspects of liturgies and prayers relating to the Sacraments of Healing
Outline the evolution of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation throughout the centuries.
Define the three forms of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
Explain the purpose of the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Summarize the nature and structure of the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.


Concern for the good of the community is a basic principle of Christian morality. According to Church teaching, personal gifts are meant to be at the service of others and of the common good. CCC1905-1917The good of the community can be protected and promoted in a variety of ways.

Analyze the Church’s teaching about the common good. (Bishop’s statement- common wealth for the common good)
Investigate and present a variety of ways of protecting and promoting the common good.
Explore ways of serving the common good using personal gifts and talents.


God draws us into prayer through rich resources such as Scripture and spiritual traditions.
Prayer is about listening to God’s presence through Scripture and Tradition.
Prayer is always personal and at the same time deeply communal.
Scripture is a rich source of prayer. Prayerful reading of the scriptures leads us to discover and know ourselves more deeply as to develop our relationship with God.

Explore the rich traditions of meditation and Lectio Divina (sacred reading).
Draw on examples from Scriptures to explain how experiences of joy, hope, grief and anxiety lead to prayer.
Investigate the meaning of some Traditional prayers.
Examine a variety of spiritual traditions within the Church.
E.g. Marian

The sample units below are to be modified and adapted to your own teaching style and the learning needs of your students. 


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The Sacraments of Healing

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How Do I Understand the Incarnation and Resurrection of Jesus

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Inquiry Unit Proforma

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Liturgical Units

Lent Unit Prep-Yr10
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Stations of the Forest

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Easter Unit Prep-Yr10
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Pentecost Unit Prep-Yr 10
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Advent Unit Prep-Yr10
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Christmas Unit Prep-Yr.10
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