What is a Christ-centred curriculum?

Friday, 6 Jul 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers, God has blessed us with a tremendous Term 2. This term, the staff and I reflected weekly what it means to have a Christ-centred curriculum. Please allow me to unpack what that means.

Tyndale Park Christian School assist parents by providing a Christ-centred curriculum that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God. Within a few weeks of partnering with us for your children’s education, it will hopefully be clear that the “Christian” in our school name permeates everything we do. We not only believe that Jesus Christ is who the Bible records Him to be, the Son of God, we believe that He is alive, as recorded in the Scriptures, and His teachings enable us to live a fulfilled life in a broken world. We believe that Jesus gives a coherent answer to four of the most important questions in life, i.e. (1) where I come from, (2) why I am here, (3) how I distinguish between right and wrong and (4) where I am headed – and this coherent answer forms the foundation of our whole curriculum.

The Bible, an authentic and reliable historical text, teaches that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Our students study literacy because Jesus is the Word and God has given us His Word in written form. By equipping our students with the skills to read and write, we enable them to get to know their Creator.

John continues “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Our students study science and numeracy because these areas of study enable them to start the lifelong journey of discovery and understanding of God’s handiwork. Science reveals a world with irreducible complexity, i.e. a world that is so carefully and orderly designed that it makes your jaw drop. Numeracy enables us to make sense and stand in awe of the beautiful intricacy and magnificence of God’s creation. The splendour of the universe also inspires us to draw, paint, sing and compose music – all for the glory of our Creator, Jesus Christ.

The Bible reveals to us that God has sovereignly created this universe to properly function according to certain laws and boundaries, an idea that is not that popular in this age of so-called “relative” truth, but something that is essential for a coherent, rational existence. To illustrate this point, imagine every team in the Soccer World Cup is allowed to make its own rules for every game. The ensuing chaos will be rather spectacular. It is hopefully obvious that rules and boundaries bring enjoyment and freedom.

Unfortunately, human beings rebelled against these rules and boundaries in the beginning, immediately condemning themselves to eternal separation from God. However, God is a loving God “longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b). He had a rescue plan in place to restore our relationship with Him. The rest of the Bible up to the present day is “His Story” of redemption. This is why our students study social studies because history and geography tell His story.

A Christ-centred curriculum helps students understand that the Bible does not advocate a religion that teaches moral values. The Bible illustrates the eternal value of having a relationship with our Creator – a relationship that gives meaning and fulfilment to life, other relationships and work that defy description! We firmly believe that God “know the thoughts that he thinks toward us, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give us an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

The apostle Paul summarises the Good News of Jesus Christ, to people who have never heard it before, as follows: “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts 17:24-26).

We believe a Christ-centred curriculum is the best kind of curriculum!

Blessings,

Barend Blom

Principal

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Christ-centred curriculum

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