The study of Religion and Philosophy at Geelong Grammar School is undertaken as an academic discipline rather than a confessional activity. As such, it is an important component of a liberal education, contributing to the development of the mind and playing a specific role in promoting a rational dimension to religious knowledge and understanding. 

The Religious Studies curriculum at each year level is grounded in five essential areas: Philosophy of Religion, Silence and Stillness, Theoretical and Applied Ethics, the Biblical and Christian Tradition, and World Religions.

Years 5 and 6

Throughout Years 5 and 6 students work across a two-year cycle in Religious Studies. The content is linked to the current classroom inquiry wherever possible. When studying the concept of Exploration, students are exposed to the story of Abraham and his quest to find and settle in a new land. They also investigate the concept of the expansion of the church through missionaries as well as groups such as the Franciscans in South America. Finally, they study the metaphorical journey to enlightenment based on issues raised in John Bunyan’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’. The intertwining of Governments and Religions around the world is another example of the transdisciplinary nature in which Religious Studies is taught at this level. Traditions and events such as Coronations at Westminster Abbey, the Pledge of Allegiance (under God) in the United States and taking an oath in a court of law are examined. Historical moments and influences dating back to biblical times are explored and discussed in context.

Years 7 and 8

In these two years a major commitment is made to the understanding and interpretation of sacred text, particularly the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Through a careful study of key stories and characters in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel of Luke (New Testament), students are encouraged to develop a beginning understanding of the theology of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Through their encounter with ancient texts, students develop skills in the analysis of language, comprehension, forms of interpretation, politico-historical understanding and the developing meaning attributed to religious texts over time. Within this context, students are reminded of the nature of ethical judgements and the structure of the arguments on which these are based. Attention is also paid to Islam, the third monotheistic faith, so that students obtain a basic understanding of the three world faiths in the Abrahamic tradition – Judaism, Christianity, Islam.

1. Journal (20%)
2. Group Assignment (40%)
3. Project (40%)