Subjects

At City Impact Church School the subject range that is offered to our students from Years 0-10 includes the following:  Kingdom Building: History, Geography and Doctrine, Language, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Drama and Physical Education / Sport.

The Cambridge International Examinations Programme (CIE) will provide the basis for study at Years 11 – 13. Compulsory subjects taken by Year 11 students include: English Language and English Literature, Mathematics (Core/Extended), Co-ordinated Science (Core/Extended), City Impact Doctrine & Mentoring programme. Students are currently able to select two subjects from the following range; History, Geography, Business Studies, Media Studies and Art and Design.

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Below is a further explanation of the subjects taught from Years 0-10. In each of these subjects we have also written a biblical statement which explains why we teach each learning area. In developing and delivering our Christian Curriculum we come from the premise that God is truth, and that all truth is God’s truth, therefore there is no separation between religious and natural truth. Therefore, instruction about God and His principles are not confined to just an act of worship or doctrine class, but students are inspired throughout all subject areas. Below gives a description of how this is seen.

“The aim of a Christian curriculum is to engage students – head, heart and hand – that they might cultivate habits of mind and deep understandings informed by God’s perspective as we find it in the Bible; that they might grow big, expansive hearts for the broken people of the world around them and a strong willing hand to reach out to serve and heal. A Christian curriculum must provide opportunities for students to develop both a Christian way of thinking about the world and a Christian way of being in the world.” From The Christian Teachers Journal VOL 18 2 MAY 2010 (p19)

Kingdom Building

The study of Kingdom Building includes the study of Doctrine, History and Geography. This curriculum is specialised to City Impact Church School. It has been created and compiled ‘in-house’ and is complemented by other excellent external resources.

History:

The teaching of History is the backbone of our Kingdom Building Curriculum and is taught in two-year cycles from New Entrants through to the end of Year 10. Throughout history, God has commanded His people to write down what has happened, so as to teach the following generations.  Today, history is often devalued and seen as unimportant and irrelevant to modern life. We understand that we are born into the context of God’s overarching plan of redemption for mankind and that knowing our history helps us live wisely and purposefully, learning the lessons from those who have gone before us.

Ephesians 5:15 (AMP) 15 and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

There is an aphorism: He who forgets his own history is condemned to repeat it. If we don’t know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices, and absurdities all over again.  (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

Geography:

Dovetailed into Kingdom Building is the teaching of Geography. This includes the study of population and settlement, the natural environment, economic development and the use of our natural resources. Students learn how to be diligent stewards of our God-given resources, as well as understanding that people and cultures are all ‘one’ under Christ.

Each two-year cycle builds upon the next as follows:

Junior Biblical History:

Years 0-2: An overview of Biblical history. The main characters from Creation through to Jesus are explored to give a solid foundation for understanding the sequence of the Bible. This is known as the ‘Meta-Narrative’ or ‘His big story’.

Empires:

Years 3-4: This is the study of the main empires that have arisen over history and how they correspond with the timeline of the Bible and beyond. This is a fun study that teaches about the cultures, traditions, beliefs, key events and people of those eras. Students build an understanding of why Empires rose and fell, giving valuable lessons in principles for living today.

Continents: 

Years 5-6: Children will learn about the different nations within each continent. This is predominantly a geographical study, including identification of the specific nations, and the interaction of people with the physical elements in which they live. There still remains an important, but lesser, historical component which helps build understanding of the origin of each of the continents.  

Senior Biblical History:

Years 7-8: This is an incredible opportunity for students to put together all they have learnt in the primary years as they study from Creation to the present day. They add depth to their prior knowledge of the people and events that have shaped the world today.

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World History and Cultures: 

Years 9-10: At this level, students are equipped to understand the world they live in today, through exploration of various geographical concepts, philosophies, worldviews and the ideologies of world leaders.

Doctrine and Worldview Studies:

The study of Doctrine is also interwoven into all the levels of the Kingdom Building programme, because we believe that:

“Doctrine believed, received and practiced determines our character, which affects our behaviour, which determines our destiny.” – The Foundations of Christian Doctrine – Kevin J Conner

Years 0-8: Doctrine is taught systematically throughout the years and covers the key doctrines of our Christian faith, outlined in our City Impact Church Gateway Course. This creates a solid foundation of belief in which to build the students’ personal walk with God and is taught so that it enables real-life application.

Years 9-13: Through the use of our City Impact Church course ‘Kingdom Creed’ Doctrine is explored at a more in-depth, analytical level. Our young people are equipped to understand the world-views of today not only to debate opposing views but also to be empowered to be leaders in their generation as they walk in wisdom and insight.
1 Chronicles 12:32.

Language

God has designed us for relationship with Himself and with each other. In order for our students to be effective in all modes of communication, we teach the following:

Written Language – teaching students to write effectively in a variety of genres.

Grammar and Spelling Programmes – teaching the ‘good old fashioned’ basics of our English language.

Oral Language – teaching the skills for effective communication, both informally and formally.

Reading – teaching students to read fluently, comprehend, and interpret, using a variety of texts.

Mathematics

God is concerned about numbers. He is a God of order, precision, consistency and accuracy.

We teach, line upon line, (Isaiah 28:10) the necessary skills in Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics as well as endeavouring to teach every student to be competent in their ‘Basic Facts’ across all four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by Year 7. This creates a solid foundation for the senior years.

Science

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Science is an incredible subject which unfolds to us more of the mystery of who God is, through what He has made (Romans 1:20), and equips us with the knowledge to be greater stewards of our lives and the world around us. Students are taught the key concepts of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy in both theory and practice.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.

The Arts

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God is a creative God, who has created us with the ability to appreciate and produce beauty. Art is used to bring God glory as we express our creativity. It can touch people in a personal and powerful way as it evokes emotion and paints dynamic pictures of reality and hope.

Our Arts programme consists of Art and Design, Music and Drama.

Art and Design

Developing students’ conceptual thinking within a range of practices across drawing, sculpture, design, painting, print-making and photography. Art History is incorporated within the practical programme which includes the study of theories of arts, architecture and design. Investigations into various theories and world-views also informs practical enquiry. They experiment with materials, using processes and conventions to develop their repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to create finished works for art.

Music

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Students develop competences in music as they listen and respond, sing, play instruments, create and improvise, read symbols and notations, record sound and music works, and analyse and appreciate music. This enables them to develop aural and theoretical skills and to value and understand the expressive qualities of music within a variety of genres. Fundamental to our teaching of music is developing intuitive and skilful musicians and singers who are passionate worshippers capable of leading others.

Drama

Drama is a powerful tool to be used to reach people, touching their lives as they inspire, engage, challenge and provoke their audiences. Students learn to structure the elements of role, action, and tension and to use dramatic conventions, techniques and technologies to create a variety of scenarios. Students also analyse and respond to different forms of drama and theatre. Through performance both individually and collaboratively students work with drama techniques to gain confidence and to communicate effectively using voice, body language, movement and space. Making the most of our high calibre facilities, children from 5 years old learn to embrace opportunities to perform on stage as well as in front of the camera.

Arts Academy

Our Arts Academy provides individual lessons on-site in Music, Musical Theatre and Dance. Find out more here.

School Production

Each year the school is involved in our City Impact Church Christmas Event. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to be involved in a high calibre performance, with opportunities to also participate in aspects of media and technical support.

Physical Education

We are called to be good stewards of our bodies and, as we are training students in body, mind and spirit, Physical Education is a valued part of our curriculum.

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As part of our Physical Education programme, our Primary School (Years 0-6) makes the most of the outstanding, professionally run, sporting facilities available on Auckland’s North Shore, including Hilton Brown Swim Centre, Northern Tennis, North Harbour Gymnastics, and North Shore Trampoline Inc. The onsite aspect of our programme focuses on developing students gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination.

In the Junior High years (7-10), our students have the opportunity to attend the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, a world-class facility also based on Auckland’s North Shore. Working closely with their School Sports Co-ordinator, City Impact Church School has designed a tailor-made two year programme for our students. This includes a range of sports and associated skills and we are also able to offer a variety of specialty sports such as: pole-vaulting, rock climbing, kayaking, water-polo, volley ball, lacrosse etc.

View our Offsite facilities here.

School sports teams will continue to develop as the school grows. We currently have teams in Hockey, Touch Rugby, Soccer and Indoor Netball at various year levels.

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