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The following staff teach Christian Studies in the Senior School:
Rev Anthony Benn
Mr Douglas Broadbent (Head of Christian Studies)
Mrs Jessica Chilton
Mr Nigel Cowell
Rev Paul Dudley
Mr Richard Hughes
Mr Kyle Fifield (Master Assisting)
Mr Werner Pienaar
Mr Chris White
Years 7 and 8
The syllabus in Years 7 and 8 introduces the boys to the various themes of the Old & New Testaments, with a focus on the importance of Jesus Christ in understanding both. Year 7 includes an introduction to basic skills in using the Bible and living in relationship with Christ. The study of Mark’s Gospel follows with an emphasis on the important questions of the Christian message:
Who is Jesus Christ?
What was the purpose of his death & resurrection?
Year 8 includes a survey of the major events of the Old Testament and its fulfilment in the New Testament. The novel, “The Victor” is studied which examines the impact of Jesus on a small Gentile boy in first century Palestine. The final term involves a study of the ways in which the Gospel came down to us over the centuries, with a focus on the early church and the Reformation.
Years 9 and 10
In Year 9 boys examine the “Two Ways to Live” model, involving the choice ‘Christ as King’ or ‘Self as King’. The emphasis is on the death & resurrection of Christ as our means of acceptance by God. Second semester involves a study of The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel from the perspective of manhood including issues such as anger, revenge, lust, marriage, prayer, money anxiety and trust in Christ.
Year 10 presents apologetic issues such as evidence for the Bible’s reliability, the identity of Jesus Christ, the nature of Science and Jesus’ resurrection. The course also includes a look at Christian attitudes to Life and Death, sexuality and addiction. These areas are examined with reference to both popular media attitudes and Biblical understanding.
This course has been endorsed by the NSW Board of Studies and a grade will be recorded on each boy’s School Certificate.
Years 11 and 12
The aim of the Senior Christian Studies syllabus is to engage boys in a study of wider culture outside Christian thinking in order to understand the philosophical underpinnings of our society.
This subject will involve a study of 1 period per cycle in both Years 11 and 12. In Year 11, boys will be studying the major religious traditions of the world such as Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism as well as the characteristics of cults. The aim will be to take a comparative approach with a view to identifying the distinctive teaching of the Christian faith. We will complete the year with an overview of the book of Revelation with a focus on Jesus Christ as the vital key to eternity.
In Year 12, the boys will study major worldviews within Australian society such as Humanism and Post-Modernism. The aim will be to understand the threads of thinking that they may identify in their own experiences and relate it to contemporary issues. The boys will be challenged to grapple with the distinctive nature of a Christian worldview. Their study at the school will conclude with a discussion of the parables of Jesus with a view to reiterating the major themes of Christian thought.
The assessment program will continue throughout these years culminating in a review of a youth service at a local church that the boys will attend in their final Term at Shore.