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Welcome to Notre Dame’s RE Department!

The RE department at Notre Dame has a pivotal role in the school, providing not only preparation for examinations, but also spiritual support for staff and students.

Our students are on a journey of faith and it is the privilege of the RE Department to accompany them on this journey.


A message from Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass, 2018:


“There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible,” the Pope said. There are “many ways to anaesthetise them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive.”

Pope Francis asked the young people “not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”



Our RE teachers are passionate about the subject and deliver it in an interactive and exciting way. 

Name: Miss S.  Tragheim

Role: Head of RE

Favourite Biblical figure: Aside from the main man obviously. I love St Peter – he made mistakes and yet Jesus still loved him and made him leader of the Church. A figure we can all relate to and a wonderful example of God’s forgiveness.

Responsibilities: Overseer of department, tracking, Liturgical Co-ordinator, mentor to trainee teacher, inter-department CPD.


Name: Ms I. Babudu

Role: History and Sociology Teacher, Assistant Head and Line Manager of RE.

Favourite Biblical figure: Mary, for all that she went through, as well as being the ultimate example of a selfless and generous mother.


Name: Mrs S. Lafferty

Role: Head of Year 7, MFL and RE teacher

Favourite Biblical figure: Mary – took on a huge challenge and kept going even though she knew she would be judged for it.

Responsibilities: Cross –curricular support


Name: Ms R. O’Leary

Role: RE Teacher

Favourite Biblical figure and why:​ Mary the Mother of Jesus who inspires me to be humble and compassionate to all in all situations.

Responsibilities: Doddle, Charities and MAC


Name: Ms. S Sadjady

Role: RE Teacher

Favourite Bible figure: God because He is why I am here!


Name: Michael Ghany

Role: RE and English teacher

Favourite Biblical figure: Jesus! Or maybe Mary for being a testament to blind faith, actually Joseph works for that too. Or Simon of Cyrene. Nope. Jesus it is. For being a person we can still learn so much from today. 


Our priorities this year at Notre Dame



At KS3, students follow a course which meets the demands of the Curriculum Directory. Each year pupils study one world religion where the opportunity to visit the place of worship is offered.

Year 7- 9 students will have 3 RE lessons a week.

Year 7: Catholic Identity; The Mass; The Bible; Christmas; Sacraments; Prayer; Easter; Hinduism and Catholic Social Teaching.

Year 8: God’s covenant with Old Testament Prophets; The Gospels; The Catholic idea of Creation’ Christian Denominations and Islam.

Year 9: Covenant, Vocation and Confirmation; the Problem of Evil and the Catholic Response; Islam and Pilgrimages.

This will change for 2018-2019 to the following:

Year 7: Catholic Identity; The Mass; The Bible; Christmas; Sacraments; Prayer; Easter; Hinduism and Catholic Social Teaching.

Year 8: The existence of God and revelation; The Life of Jesus: Through the lens of Mark’s Gospel; Islam; Christian Denomination and God’s covenant with the Old Testament Prophets.

Year 9: Covenant, Vocation and Confirmation; the Problem of Evil and the Catholic Response; Judaism; Pilgrimages and St Mark’s Gospel.


At Notre Dame we follow AQA Specification A. Our students will have two exam papers both 1hr45 minutes. Paper 1 is on the Study of Religions (50% Christianity, 50% Judaism) and Paper 2 is Thematic Studies. For Paper 2 they have to be able to compare and contrast the two religions in relation to different ethical, social and moral dilemmas.

The course includes:

  • Christianity: Belief and Teachings
  • Christianity: Practices
  • Judaism: Belief and Teachings
  • Judaism: Practices
  • Religion and Life
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict

Spiritual Life


Each year group is offered a Retreat Day where the whole Year Group travels, with either the RE Department or their Head of Year and Form Tutors, to a retreat centre set in the heart of Kent.

The Friars - Aylesford Priory - is an ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th Century.

The day is led by a vivacious and faith centred group of volunteers who use personal testimonies, music and art to provide our pupils with a day away from the norm to focus on their relationship with God. The friars also get involved in the delivery of the retreat day.

See: http://www.thefriars.org.uk/ for more information.


During Advent and Lent there is Morning Prayer for staff and students.

There is an emphasis on Marian devotion at Notre Dame too. During the months of October and May, which are dedicated to Mary, the rosary is said during weekly morning gatherings in the Chaplaincy area.

There are also regular after school reflections led by Sr. Magdalen Lawler, SND. These are open to all staff and are a wonderful way to think and pray in an informal setting, in particular to learn more about the charisma of St. Julie.

Services and Masses:

Throughout the year the whole school gathers to mark religious occasions in St. George’s Cathedral as well as to celebrate, as a community, the end of each school term.

  • Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Introduction Mass for Year 7
  • All Saints Mass
  • Memorial Mass
  • Christmas Service
  • Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Easter Service
  • Ascension Mass
  • St Peter and St Paul Mass
  • End of Year Service

Years 7-9 have individual class masses that are held in the Chaplaincy area at the school. These offer an opportunity for each class to experience a personal mass which they are fully involved in its organisation and delivery. There is always an opportunity at the end to ask the priest questions about faith and vocation.

Each year selected students in year 11 who have posts of responsibility are invited to become Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist where, once commissioned, serve the school through this role during class masses. In addition we have a team of altar servers who also assist during masses and services.

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Notre Dame Gospel Choir - St Peter & St Paul Mass 29/06/18