Curricular - Christian Studies

The aims and objectives of the College’s Christian Studies program are outlined below. The diagram above represents the dynamic nature of the very simple activity undergirding every Christian Studies lesson—reading the Bible. As a key advocate of literacy my belief is that reading never ends at the closing of the book, rather that activity has wide ranging implications for personal development. This process is magnified all the more when one is reading God’s word to us.

Aims and Objectives

1. To provide students with an immersive experience in reading and understanding the overarching narrative and purpose of the Bible.

2. To provide students with an opportunity to explore the person and work of Jesus Christ as he is presented in the Bible.

3. To encourage students to understand how the person and work of Jesus Christ equips them to serve the needs of others.

4. To provide students with the freedom and ability to challenge, question and research their own beliefs and those of others in a manner that promotes mutual benefit.

5. To provide students with an introduction to the hermeneutics of both secular and religious approaches to our purpose, place and existence.

6. To provide students with an opportunity to engage with various secular and Christian ethical frameworks and to apply those to personal and global areas of ethical concern.

Scope and Sequence

Below you will find the scope of the Christian Studies curriculum for each year group. Within each document there is information about units of work and assessment tasks as well as some sample lessons.

Year 7 

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Christian Studies Academic Outcomes:

To achieve the aims and outcomes of Christian Studies over a six year period your child will be assessed on course content, not conviction, in a stage appropriate manner. This is achieved through designing lessons, assessments and units of work which build from orienting oneself with a methodology for reading the Bible, culminating in a fully-orbed framework for making Gospel-shaped ethical decisions. As your child moves through Stages 4-6, the academic outcomes reflect this development as outlined below:

Stage 4:

STAGE 4a: Ability to locate, read and comprehend Bible passages.

STAGE 4b: Insight into the dynamics of the structure of the Bible and its themes.

STAGE 4c: Synthesises information about Jesus Christ from the study of various biblical texts.

STAGE 4d: Establishes connections between the text of the Bible and Christian teachings.

STAGE 4e: Formulates relevant application of the Bible to contemporary scenarios.

Stage 5:

STAGE 5a: Understanding of the use of the Bible in systematic theology.

STAGE 5b: Awareness of the place of biblical and non-biblical evidence for assessing Christian teaching and practice.

STAGE 5c: Evaluates the thinking of others to develop an awareness of Christian theology and ethics.

STAGE 5d: Identifies how the person and work of Jesus Christ informs expressions of the Christian faith.

STAGE 5e: Formulates relevant application of biblical exegesis, theology and ethics to contemporary scenarios.

Stage 6:

STAGE 6a: Understanding of the use of the Bible in apologetics and/or ethics.

STAGE 6b: Awareness of the various hermeneutical approaches to philosophical, ethical and/or religious issues.

STAGE 6c: Evaluates various systems of thought pertaining to philosophy, ethics and/or religion.

STAGE 6d: Identifies how the person and work of Jesus Christ informs ethical, historical and/or scientific research.

STAGE 6e: Formulates relevant application of biblical exegesis, theology, apologetics and/or ethics to contemporary scenarios.

I hope this information proves to be a helpful reference for your child’s learning in Christian Studies. If you would like to discuss this program of study please contact me directly at the College.

 

Gareth Tyndall

College Chaplain | Head of Christian Studies

chaplain@trac.nsw.edu.au