We use the name "Citizenship" for a general non-exam course in the Secondary Section, embracing the UK's PSHE, which includes the following components:
- Religious studies
- Current affairs
- International Citizenship
Our Religious studies component is NOT religious instruction or bible study. Its purpose is to study objectively the world's current and past major religious belief systems to gain an insight into each. This will include some study of the principal religious texts, major figures and institutions as well as forms and places of devotion. No attempt will be made to convert anyone or promote one religion above others.
International Citizenship looks at international treaties, the UN, the EU, NATO and other significant organisations and their impact on the internationally-minded person.
Current Affairs and Ethics provide a forum for discussion of current topics of major international and national significance, encouraging the students to be aware of the issues in the world around them and to formulate their own opinions. Discussion, debate and reasoned argument will have their place here.
The programme is designed and coordinated by the Head of PSHE, Mr Shawn Thomson. All Secondary students have a 45-minute Citizenship session each week, in addition to their daily Assemblies.