SRE Ku-ring-gai Program 2017

The aim of the SRE (Special Religious Education) program at Ku-ring-gai is to enable students to identify, explore and examine the values and beliefs, and the purpose and meaning that can constitute life. By addressing these and incorporating various learning and life skills, the curriculum is designed to add value to the wide range of subjects studied throughout school.

The voluntary program provides students with the opportunity to assess their own values and beliefs as well as to understand and be able to work with others who have very different perspectives. It interweaves National Curriculum outcomes as it enables students to view their lives from a holistic perspective, helping to ensure that they are looking after their wellbeing holistically as well as to think deeply about spirituality and life. This is in keeping with the Melbourne Declaration of Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008):

8. Educational Goals for Young Australians and SRE: Schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion. Schools share this responsibility with students, parents, carers, families, the community, business and other education and training providers. In recognition of this collective responsibility, this declaration, in contrast to earlier declarations on schooling, has a broader frame and sets out educational goals for young Australians.

SRE at Ku-ring-gai primarily creates a space for students to explore and examine Christian ideas and values, as the nation of Australia is founded on these beliefs, while still incorporating the many religions found within Australia’s multicultural society. SRE is a course endorsed by the local churches of the Ku-ring-gai Christian Education Association Inc. (KCEA).

An overview of the topics taught can be found below for each Year (Year 7-10), as well as the overall framework which the curriculum is based on and the overview for the lunch time group program for Year 7-12.

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SRE Curriculum Framework

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JAK - (Interschool Fellowship Group)

JAK (Jesus at Ku-ring-gai) is a lunchtime group that is an optional group designed for students who are interested in specifically exploring matters of faith around Christianity. Students meet together to discuss issues around Christian values, faith and beliefs, to pray and play games. A permission note is required to attend this group and any extra curricula activities that are run throughout the year with other local groups. An overview of the curriculum can be found below.

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Curriculum Outcomes:

General Capabilities Outcomes:

Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding and Intercultural understanding

(For more information on these outcomes: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/overview/general-capabilities-in-the-australian-curriculum )

Themes:

Principles, Values, Purposes and Humanity

Within any set of beliefs or religion four overarching themes can be identified: principles, values, humanity and purpose. How these are defined can be very different for each set of belief systems. By identifying these and using that language in the curriculum, students are enabled to examine and investigate other frameworks that are found throughout the world. Even within Christianity itself these four themes although major building blocks for faith, can also have their own variations. This curriculum aims to introduce and explain the importance of these and focuses on the commonalities held between denominations while also discussing and being open to differences. Principles addresses the knowledge and learning that occurs, the judgements that are drawn from this and help to show how the universe is then viewed through them. Values specifically identify four common ones found throughout Christianity: equality, truth, coherence and justice. Humanity is designed to specifically address what it means to be human by exploring the qualities of humanity, what it means to be wholly human, and then integrates these by addressing what the response to these definitions should be. The final theme of purpose is based around the story of creation and involves order, creativity, relationship and future.

Strands:

Cognition, Perspectives, Investigation and Application

Contained in the four themes are four strands: cognition, perspectives, investigation and application. These are used to strengthen the teaching and learning of students, are based in educational theory and strongly linked to the General Capabilities identified by the Australian Curriculum (See above). Cognition requires the students to be analytical, critical, to synthesise and be innovative within whatever theme is being focused on within a topic. Perspectives distinguishes the boundaries of various perspectives and classifies them into the past, present and possible future ones. Investigation involves identifying the four major questions of what, how, if and why. Application focuses on how individuals live out their beliefs and how these can be translated to the classroom, societies and the world. While some of these components can be identified with one theme and act as its foundation, all of these components can be interconnected with each major theme, particularly application.

 

Welcome

As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.

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Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.

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Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
Principal
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders

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