“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it,”
The drive of the World Studies curriculum, where History, Religious Education and Geography are taught as one, is to allow students to gain a greater understanding of the birth and development of th e modern world. Through an exploration of significant religious events, geographical shifts and historical developments, students will gain a deeper insight into the complexities of the world both physically and in terms of the human condition and begin to appreciate and comprehend their place within that great story.
The World Studies curriculum will give students the cultural literacy that is often only the preserve of those that are privately educated. It will allow students to connect past developments with present concerns, and not be afraid to tackle controversial issues of our world.
We want our students to make the world a better place for all of those who live in it but they can only do this if they understand the complexities of the world they currently live in. Too often, students lack the basic historical and geographic literacy, the building blocks of these subjects that will allow them to explore them in greater depth and breadth.
The stories of the Roman Empire, the War of the Roses and the Victorian era, to name but a few, will give our students an insight into the politics and psychology of the modern world, the intricacies of hubris and fluidity of desire, the perils of blind ambition and the satisfaction of connecting and leading a group of people through challenging and uncertain times.
Furthermore, students will develop a deep and comprehensive overview of the evolution of the different faiths, their history, their stories and their practices, will allow students to appreciate the rich tapestry of modern society and political thought, giving them an understanding to the complex threads that connect us all.
Finally, the overall purpose of this new curriculum is to allow students to confidently take part in the great conversations of civilization. To become richer in language, thought and appreciation of the complexities and intricacies of the modern world. Through an understanding of the creation of modern society, students will look to make meaning of their own existence and to see themselves as a part of grander place within that picture. This will allow them to become increasingly emotionally intelligent as they become humble, respectful and sensitive global citizens.