Examining Scripture Key to Understanding
Year 9-12 Christian Life Studies and Community Studies classes have been growing an understanding of conflict and advocacy.
Term 4, 2021 Year 9-12 Christian Life Studies and Community Studies classes have spent the year looking at a wide variety of topics ranging from dealing with conflict to advocating on behalf of others, from examining the Scriptures to understand the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to discussing some of the more difficult life questions. Some of our aims in these classes are to consider how the choices we make affect ourselves and others, what the Bible says about different aspects of life, and how Christian principles hold value for everyone. Students are invited to consider their relationship with Jesus Christ, and we seek to recognise and understand that each person is growing in their understanding of what living a life of faith means. Our wonderful staff, Mrs Deighton, Mr Gilmour and Mr Skewes, prepare a range of lessons and discussion points for each class, desiring to walk with each student in their journey of faith. Some special units introduced this year, called ‘ASK’ and ‘What the Bible says about…’, have given students specific opportunities to give voice to their own questions and shape the direction of discussions. One example of how our students have been encouraged to consider the need of others took place with Year 10 students in Term 3. These students completed a unit on advocacy and after researching the various needs of disadvantaged groups in society they wrote speeches to highlight the issues and make a call to action to help those in need. Here are three excerpts from some of the students' speeches: Homelessness on the Increase On Census night in 2016, 116,427 people were homeless in Australia. All 116,000 of those people had something in common - they all lacked stable housing. They all felt a sense of hopelessness. They were all struggling to survive. In 2020 the amount of homeless people in Australia had risen to 290,000. COVID-19 has led to a dramatic increase in homelessness for reasons such as the loss of jobs; rise in domestic violence; and increased mental health issues. Eradicating Poverty is Key Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice. Eradicating poverty is the key to unlocking humanities full potential; despite this, half of the world’s population still lives in poverty. The Needs of Refugees At the end of 2020, there were 82.4 million forcibly displaced people in the world, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), of which more than a quarter are refugees. These refugees were human beings that had to leave their country because there was war, violence, poverty, hunger, they needed protection, there was political issues, persecution and human rights violations.