Christian Studies is a Key Learning Area (KLA) in the curriculum structure of a Lutheran school. It is an essential part of the Christian education program which is the total life of the school, this is expressed through the culture of the school, all teaching and learning activities, the worship program, pastoral care for students and staff and behaviour management policies and practices as well as voluntary Christian groups and activities that address the personal spirituality of staff and students.
Christian Studies belongs to the formal curricular program of the school and as such should operate within the same parameters as other KLAs (Key Learning Areas).
All students participate in Christian Studies although they may have different faith and spiritual backgrounds. This diversity has implications for the construction of programs and what can and cannot be taken for granted in levels of biblical literacy, motivation or interest. Faith responses or commitment to Christ are not a general expectation of the formal curriculum, though there are areas of the broader framework of Christian education where these can be actively nurtured and expressed.
Christian Studies provides a safe and supportive context in which students can reflect on their experiences of the world and on their own beliefs and spirituality as they attempt to make sense of their rapidly changing and complex global environment, and as they develop their identity as individuals. They do this on the basis of their study of Christianity and their increasing awareness of how the Christian faith relates to all aspects of existence.
Christian Studies initiates students into biblical literacy and the teachings, culture and history of the church in general and the Lutheran Church in particular. It also relates the Christian response to insights, teachings, practices, and challenges of other major world religions. Students are also encouraged to appreciate the Christian response to social justice and ethical issues and the servant role of the Christian church within society.
For those students who have responded to the working of the Holy Spirit, Christian Studies also provides the opportunity for them to grow in their Christian faith and in the expression of that faith in their lives.