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Religious Education in the Middle Years, contemplates the concept of Faith and an understanding and appreciation of the basis of Christianity. The key teachings of Christianity and its roots in Judaism, are explored as a means of investigating how we can be God’s hands in the world. Religious Education provides a safe, inclusive, non-judgmental and caring environment to explore matters of faith.
In Year 7, the program focuses on the concept of story: our story, the history of the Church, the foundations of the Uniting Church and the story of Jesus. The course then investigates the ways in which the teachings from these stories can be applied to the students’ lives. The question of ‘What would Jesus do?’ is used as a means of researching Social Welfare and Social Justice in our community.
In Year 8, the program focuses on the stories of the founding men and women of the Jewish faith, through an investigation of the Old Testament. Students are introduced to Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Esau, Rachel, Leah, Joseph, Ruth and Esther and follow their journeys of discovery in amongst the drama of their search for meaning. Through art, storytelling, acting and creativity, students consider their choices and the messages that their interaction with God brings to their lives today.
In Year 9, the program explores Ethics and Morality and focuses on both personal and world values. Students explore what influences the choices they make and look at examples of significant Christian models such as Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Corrie ten Boom and Catherine Hamlin, to consider influences on decision making.
With an understanding of the Ten Commandments and the New Testament Laws of Love, students also examine some contemporary ethical issues such as cloning, genetic engineering and war.