Curricular - Christian Studies

School Mission

Religious education at TRAC is designed to be a powerful tool for challenging students with the Christian message. This message is delivered by the Christian Studies faculty, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through an engaging, student-centered curriculum that is closely aligned with the school mission:
The Riverina Anglican College strives to provide a thoroughly Christian education for its students, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning and living. The College actively encourages its students to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that they may become responsible, contributing members of society. The College highlights the uniqueness and worth of each individual and our interdependence on each other. It seeks to provide an environment where the individual may grow physically, academically, culturally, spiritually and socially.

School Context

TRAC is an Anglican School, within the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Whilst the school develops its approach to Christian Studies with some degree of autonomy, it remains accountable to the Diocesan Schools Council and the Diocesan Bishop.

Aim of Christian Studies

The aim of Christian Studies is to invite each and every member of the TRAC community into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to nurture and develop that relationship in accordance with the Anglican spirit. Such a spirit appreciates those cultural characteristics of Anglican religious education that are incarnational, inclusive, intellectual and liturgical in nature. As a result, Christian Studies classes are taught in a manner which understands that the Church, following the example of Christ’s ministry, identifies with and engages in society (John 1:14); has an acceptance of and respect for those of other faiths (Galatians 3:28); respects learning, objective discussion and loving God with the mind, heart, soul and body (Mark 12:30); and respects the Church’s liturgical structures, doctrines and creeds (1 Cor 14:40).

Objectives

Through the Christian Studies curriculum, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of:

  • God’s character and His relationship with creation and humanity
  • The person and work of Jesus Christ (divinity, humanity, life, death, resurrection)
  • Ourselves and others (virtue, sin, redemption, community)
  • The Church and Christian mission
  • The Bible (its nature, structure, key themes)

Students will develop skills to:

  • Recognise significant issues in religious education
  • Read the Bible within its variety of contexts
  • Communicate personal viewpoints
  • Apply biblical teaching to a range of moral choice situations

Students will:

  • Value and appreciate God’s love for people demonstrated through Jesus Christ
  • Value and appreciate prayer, study and biblical reflection
  • Show concern and respect of others irrespective of sex, race or cultural grouping
  • Initiate action to care for others
  • Show concern for the wider environment as God’s creation
  • Take responsibility for some of their own learning and spiritual growth

Method

Christian Studies is presented to students by Christians who share their faith journey and commitment to Christ. It is a subject that encourages engagement and relationship with each other and God. The Gospel is presented in a biblical and culturally relevant manner with the prayerful hope that every student will have the opportunity to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Although Christian Studies is a unique subject, it does not stand in isolation from other subjects or school life. As the love of Christ is the underpinning of our school, so participation in Christian Studies provides a linkage between all aspects of school life.

Community worship is an important aspect of building our relationship with God and each other. Students and staff participate in a weekly Chapel service at school led by the school’s Chaplain. The Chapel service is a short service of worship that includes Scripture, reflection and prayer.

The Christian Studies curriculum at TRAC encourages students to develop Christian virtues, build positive relationships with others and to actively participate in the Christian community. Students participate in one period of Christian Students per week, but may enroll in the Board of Studies approved course – Studies of Religion – in their senior years as an alternative.

Resources

The Christian Studies resources used at TRAC are drawn from a variety of sources, including Christian Education Publications (CEP), International Society for Technology (ISTE) and material developed by the faculty at TRAC.

The primary text used in Christian Studies is the Bible (NRSV and NIV translations, depending on teacher preference).