Hope in a Year 7 RE Classroom

Optimism, Faith, Achievement - Hope in an Religious Education Classroom

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence"
Helen Keller American author, political activist and lecturer

2019 is the year in which the Padua College community explores what “where there is despair, hope” means. Hope is a noun and a verb so both an emotion and an action. So then, what is a person of hope?

Hope is "an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.” (Wikipedia 2019). As a verb, a person can: "expect with confidence" and "cherish a desire with anticipation.’ (Wikipedia 2019). Hope is also one of the Transcendence character strengths in Positive Psychology (Peterson and Seligman, 2004). So it makes sense that as a Padua Religious Education class, we explore what hope means.

Year 7 Cardijn began to question what are we hopeful for as part of their introduction to their Religious Education class. For some, it was to make new friends at high school, while others wanted to do their best in class, to hope for peace in the world or just to get to the right room at the right time with the right books.

As a meditation on the theme of hope, students spent a couple of lessons creating a mosaic of the College lighthouse symbol and contemplating what they were thankful for to inspire them to be people of hope. They pasted this artwork into the inside of their RE books to provide a year long reminder. It will become a focal point for them throughout the year.


Sarah Bath
English Learning Area Leader