Christian Community in Senior School
Inspired by the message of Christ, King’s was established with the desire that its students, their families and its staff would be so profoundly shaped by Christ that as a community it might seek the good of society.
The Christian Community of King’s continues to promote the physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological flourishing of every student so that they may be of ongoing benefit to others.
As an integral part of King’s Christian ethos, we welcome all students and families – of any or no faith – to join the Christian Community of the King’s School.
The quality of relationships to which the Christian Community of King’s gives rise, and our uniquely Christian understanding of our seven values are the essential context in which the quality of mind develops in academic excellence.
This quality of mind together with the quality of person formed by Leadership and Character Development produces a quality of service in Global Thought Leaders for our community and our world. The Christian Community of King’s, then, seeks to promote the physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological flourishing of every student so that they may be of ongoing benefit to others.
Our vibrant and creative Chaplaincy team have the vital function of upholding and promoting the Christian foundations and values of King’s. Chapel services are an integral experience of the King’s School as a Christian Community. Through them, students and staff can engage with the message of Christ, explore the Scriptures together, and be challenged by the faith, values, and practices that arise from them.
Our Chaplaincy team focuses on the spiritual wellbeing of our community, but also seeks to address the needs and questions of the whole person.
Biblical Studies and Studies of Religion I/II
Biblical Studies is part of every boy’s experience throughout their time at King’s, during which they will examine key Christian concepts and the foundational story that underpins the School, the impact of Christianity on social and community issues, Christian ethics in decision-making and theories, and Christian faith in a more conversational forum.
Years 7-8 Biblical Studies examines the foundational Christian story that underpins the school’s history, culture, and values and how to put these values into effect in practical ways. Years 9-10 build on the previous years to explore how the events of the first Easter bring Christian communities into life and propel them on their journey throughout the centuries. These year groups probe the history the Christian Church and the impact that Christianity has had on social and community issues. Year 10 also takes a preliminary look at four of the main world religions.
Years 11-12 have an even more practical look at the implications of the Christian faith on ethical decision-making. Year 11 investigates major ethical theories and Christian ethics. The year culminates in an ethical research project and class presentation on a current ethical issue. Year 12 extends further on this ethical application of the Christian faith in a more conversational forum. In addition, Biblical Studies offers the NESA HSC Studies of Religion I and II Courses.
Our CRU Groups are our lunchtime devotional spaces that form part of our wide array of co-curricular offerings at King’s. Students have opportunities to make friends, to explore the Christian faith further, to join together with others who identify as Christian, and to find pathways for Christian leadership.
We join together with other schools for combined CRU events, and we attend a camp each year with TARA Girls School CRU Groups.
The emphasis of wellbeing at King’s is to strive to ensure that our students have good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and ability to manage stress. Wellbeing is fundamental to health, a person’s ability to overcome challenges and flourish in life. This is achieved integrating our activities and programs within the King’s distinctive of Academics, Character Development and Christian Community.
Good relationships are integral in supporting and improving the mental health of our students. The House system and Mentor Groups provide small communities within the School to establish closer bonds and a greater sense of identity. Our Chaplaincy team, Year Coordinators and Counsellors also make available further layers of wellbeing support.
Healthy, positive relationships are a cornerstone of student life and wellbeing. Our pastoral care program nurtures positive mindsets and a sense of spiritual connection in every student, ensuring they feel a genuine sense of belonging and part of their immediate surroundings and the wider King’s community.
The foundation of The King’s School pastoral care program is the House System, which provides a framework to care for each boy in the School, as well as fostering strong attachment and relationships. A network of Mentors, Housemasters and Year Coordinators monitor the progress of every student.
Good relationships are integral in supporting and improving the mental health of students and our House system and Mentor Groups provide small communities within the School to establish closer bonds and a greater sense of identity.
The staff of Gowan Brae house provides provide exception pastoral care through the Year 7 transition program for both day students and boarders.
In years 8 to 12, students join the vertical house system whereby they are connected to one of 10 senior houses. Each senior house has its own distinctive culture and personality to which students have a deep sense of belonging and community.
Nursing and medical care is provided onsite in the School’s Health Centre by qualified medical staff. A registered nurse is in residence every night to provide 24 hour care and the School Doctor conducts regular clinics.
This is the real heart of the campus, according to students!
Students and staff come together socially three times a day as they share nutritionally balanced and inspired meals, prepared fresh on site.