What is in the CEIS curriculum?
CEIS aims to help children seek, question and explore Christian faith and values through 4 engaging and interactive sessions each year. The 4 sessions are:
Term 1 EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA – exploring who Christians believe Jesus is
and what this world-wide festival means
Term 2 BEYOND YOU – wondering about ourselves, others and God; loving and accepting all
Term 3 BIBLE BONANZA – discovering the one big story of the world’s biggest selling book
Term 4 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS – responding to the traditional (Christian) events of
Christmas with more understanding
Over 4 years CEIS offers a range of approaches to these annual themes, such as creative inquiries and thinking journeys. Endorsed by the Education and Training Directorate, the CEIS sessions utilise modern pedagogy, incorporate multiple intelligences and offer activities based on learning styles. Students of all ages are engaged through a range of interactive resources, games, activities, challenges and reflections etc. Questions are encouraged and individual responses respected.
The underlying philosophy of CEIS allows students to wonder about Christian beliefs (at their own level), discover for themselves what it might mean (with their own thinking) and respond in their own creative way (as they choose). CEIS aims for holistic education, not proselytizing.
As sessions are prepared the following points are also taken into consideration:
- the beliefs, values and life of Christian faith (where the biblical God and Jesus Christ are the basis of the faith)
- the bible as a basis to Christianity
- Christian festivals
- Christian life values, acceptance and harmonious living between all members of society
- the influence of Christianity through Australian society and in the lives of individuals, adding to the social, historical and geographical components of the school curriculum, to the school ethos and to personal student development
In the ACT other providers of Christian Education offer predominantly two alternative formats in schools, consolidated with respect and rapport over many years and through legislation changes. They are:
- Easter and Christmas week blocks (a series of CE lessons during one week)
- term assemblies (approximately one hour/junior and senior versions)
Easter and Christmas blocks are custom-created by local volunteer teams to provide students with a connected series of lessons relevant to their age-group. Lessons usually include an engaging introduction, Bible story, related activity and summarising worksheet. Each series often focuses on one Bible verse and one song, and in several schools concludes with a grand-finale assembly.
Term assemblies are custom-created by local volunteer teams, often involving local clergy, to provide a session aimed at a larger group of students. These assemblies offer diversity, entertainment and education through a dramatic Bible story or message, a song and an interactive quiz or game. Several students are often selected to participate in the various parts of the assemblies (from many wanting to volunteer), adding to the excitement and interest for the other students.