Christian Religious Studies Program
The NASC Ordinance(2007) states that the duties of the Board include:
- Support member schools as part of the mission of the Anglican Church of Australia;
- Support and encourage the development of the Christian faith and worship within Anglican schools and encourage staff and parents to recognise the value of education in an Anglican school operating within the vision, tradition and Ordinances of the Diocese…
The NASC Ordinance(2007) states that the powers of the Board include:
- To approve a syllabus for religious education in member schools
Using material from a number of different sources and, in particular material developed by the Anglican Schools Commission Western Australia, a Christian Studies Religious Studies Progress Map was developed in 2011. The member schools were then invited to reflect on their current work in the area of Christian Religious Studies and to reshape, where necessary, that work in the light of the progress map.
The Progress Map is designed to provide ongoing support for Principals, Chaplains and CRS staff in preparing the religious education programs in the member schools for Kindergarten to Year 12.
At the heart of the Progress Map are six major learning outcomes, the ‘Six Strands’. These focus on:
- The Bible, where students acquire an understanding and appreciation of the content, history, structure and principles of interpretation of the Bible and the skills needed to locate relevant information.
- The Story of the Church, where students acquire an understanding and appreciation of the story of the Church and of Anglicanism, in particular, its significant festivals, rites and ceremonies.
- Philosophy and Beliefs, where students acquire an understanding of key issues in the philosophy of religion and of Christian beliefs about God revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They learn to identify and understand those beliefs which make up a Christian world view.
- World Religions, where students acquire an understanding and appreciation of the beliefs, values, rites and ceremonies of other major world religions.
- Meditation, Prayer and Worship, where students develop a capacity for spiritual sensitivity and growth. They acquire an understanding and appreciation of the value of silence, meditation, worship and prayer.
- Ethical Decision-making and Living, where students explore Christian values and ethical decision-making in relation to relevant personal and social concerns and develop a growing capacity to ‘love tenderly and act justly’.
Significant work has been carried out in each of the member schools to implement this framework while acknowledging and affirming the local context of each of our schools. The Chaplains and CRS staff meet continue to meet regularly with the Diocesan Schools Liaison Officer to reflect on their work, to share resources and to address issues of common concern.