Religious Studies

Teacher’s subject commentary

Year 8 and 9 students have engaged with the Adventist Encounter Curriculum. The Encounter Curriculum has a focus on Bible study in the context of personal discovery through a variety of mediums. In Year 8 they studied a number of Biblical topics, including Elijah on Mount Carmel, making disciples, the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. Year 9 students learnt about God’s character and how it’s been a question since the beginning of our world, because of Satan’s first lie. As a result, the thin veil that separates us from the unseen, means that we see God through our sinful human eyes, and we so often misunderstand Him and His holy, loving ways.

Students have also explored an Identity Unit. In a world where identity is confused, borrowed and imposed, a strong sense of self is a gift indeed. One of the greatest discoveries we can make in life is to discover who we are in God’s eyes and how this can overflow into how we live. The world screams at us daily and tries to impose a myriad of messages on our consciousness as a means of shaping us into its mould.

In Year 10, students study the nature of a personal belief in God and the dynamics of worship. Also covered are biblical concepts of Salvation and Reconciliation. People trafficking and slavery are studied as part of the biblical ethics component. Students are also introduced to the Books of Daniel and Revelation. In Year 11, students investigate the history and development of religion in Australian society, as well as the history and faith of Seventh-day Adventists. This is later compared to Eastern Orthodoxy. The third component of the course is a study of Judaism in Australian society. Students conclude the course in Year 12 with a 2000 word Investigation. This year included a visit to the Adelaide City Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation.