The Christian curriculum at Northside Christian College has been designed to help students become familiar with what the Bible, God’s Word, says and develop a basic understanding of some of the key aspects about God and get an overview of His plan for humanity. It is also working in parallel with the You Can Do It program to help students apply Biblical principles and values to their lives and behaviours. This course has been developed specifically for the College and is resourced with a range of materials and resources. The whole program consists of lots of storytelling, Bible reading, memorisation of Scripture, songs, role-plays, craft, discussion, prayer and other engaging activities.
Every grade covers the following major themes, but with differing aspects and stories.
- Jesus’ Life
- Gospel teachings
- Life Skills and You can Do It Program
- Knowledge of God
- People Who Love God
- The Future and God’s Kingdom
Time allocation is one 50 minute session per week, as well as, one 50 minute Chapel/You Can Do It program per week and one Assembly session per week. Each class also participates in daily devotions.
Years 7 & 8
Christian Life Studies
In Year 7 Christian Life Studies focuses on the beginning of God’s relationship with man and the unfolding of His plan in the Old Testament and leading up to the birth of Christ. There is a focus on the importance of story and recording, remembering and passing on values, beliefs and experiences.
The following topics are covered during two 50 minute sessions per week.
- Made in God’s Image
- Searching for Meaning
- The Power of Stories
- The Nature of God
- God and Humans in Relationship
- Ten Commandments
- Jesus Arrives – The healing of the breach
In Year 8 the curriculum focuses on discovering the New Testament, beginning with the birth of Christ. His world, the people He interacted with, His experiences and teaching are the focus of many units during the year. The emphasis is on drawing connections between students own experiences and the relevance of Jesus’ life and teaching to their own.
The following topics are covered during two 50 minute sessions per week:
- Jesus’ World
- Peoples reactions to Jesus
- Jesus’ reactions to people
- Changing the World
- Resurrection – the evidence
- Who is Jesus – Lord, Lunatic or Liar?
- The Biblical Record – Can it be Trusted?
- Empowered People
Years 9 & 10
In Year 9 & 10 the focus for Christian Education is the way Christians have persevered in living out the Gospel in our materialistic and sometimes violent culture. One emphasis is on stories of those who wrestled with the implications of the Gospel and found ways to live with integrity. Students are encouraged to examine their own values, aspirations and life choices in the light of a Biblical world view.
The following topics are covered during two 50 minute sessions per weeek:
- Emotional pain, addiction and despair
- A Spiritual Dilemma – Pray or Fight?
- Aussies Living out Their Faith
- Imagining God
- Justice and Mercy
- Christianity Force for Change – the History of Christian Reformers