Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

22 February 2017

Sydney Jewish Museum - Teacher Intensive

Image: Courtesy Sydney Jewish Museum

This two-day intensive has been developed to support teachers' knowledge about Judaism. It is being run by the experienced educators at the Museum in collaboration with Brisbane Catholic Education, the Catholic Diocese of Cairns and the Anglican Schools Commission in Southern Queensland.

The program will include both primary and secondary elements. Day 1 will focus on understanding Jewish culture (primary and SOR curriculum) and Day 2 will focus on Religion/State relations and Good and Evil (secondary curriculum). The program will run from approximately 8:30am - 4:30 pm each day.

Find out more about the Sydney Jewish Museum.

July 13 -14  2017

Cost: $100
(does not include meals, airfare or accommodation)

enquiries: stephen harrison
(07) 3835 2289

17 February 2017

Walking Through Holy Week

The celebration of Easter in a country like Australia where church attendance rates are around ten percent is a wonderful thing. This high profile holiday provides an opportunity for religious educators to explore the life of Jesus and specifically the events leading to his death and resurrection. One great way to do this is by telling the story of the last week of Jesus life.

This might include dressing up and acting out the story or using some props as symbols to recall different events, it might include music and action. You might like to set up some stations around your school with props and drama and have students walk between them to experience the story.

Alternatively you might like to create a unit around the last week of Jesus life through to Easter. Below is a model that could be followed for all of this.

Day: Sunday before Easter
Jesus enters Jerusalem and people wave palm leaves to welcome him like a king.
Reading: Matthew 21.1-9
Symbol: Palm Leaves:
Question: What does it feel like when you are a winner or a champion? How do you think Jesus felt as he entered Jerusalem?

Day: Monday
Jesus turns the tables in the temple.
Reading: Matthew 21.12-17
Symbol: Whip made of cords.
Question: What things make you angry? Is it okay to be angry sometimes? Why was Jesus angry?

Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty silver coins.
Reading: Mark 14.10-11.
Symbol: Bag of Coins.
Question: What does it feel like when your friends let you down? How do you think Jesus felt knowing Judas would betray him and his friends would run away from him.

Day: Maundy Thursday
Jesus shares a meal with friends, washes their feet.
Reading: John 13.1-10, Matthew 26.17-30
Symbol: Bowl and Towel. Bread and Wine.
Question: What is special about eating with friends? What does it mean to be a servant to your friends? Why do you think Jesus washed his disciples’ feet?

Day: Good Friday
Jesus dies on a cross.
Reading: Matthew 27.15-60
Symbol: Nails. Crown of Thorns. Cross. Hot Cross Buns.
Why is Friday called Good? (Reflect on childbirth…it is painful yet the result is wonderful)

Day: Saturday
We wait. Jesus is in the tomb.
Symbol: Question mark.
What happens next? When have you had to wait to see how something turned out? How do you think Jesus friends felt on Saturday?

Day: Sunday
Jesus is risen.
Reading: Mathew 28.1-10
Symbol: Easter egg. Broken in half looks like an empty tomb.
Question: What does Jesus risen mean to you?

9 February 2017

Safeguard the Integrity of the Environment

At the start of every year in the Anglican Church Southern Queensland our Archbishop gives a message to our schools and provides us with a challenge. This year the challenge he offered us is to 'safeguard the integrity of creation". 

The Rev'd Miriam Nyrene and Angligreen have produced some amazing ideas and resources that can be used in the RE classroom to support this challenge. You can find them here.

6 February 2017

Good Learning in RE

These seven videos have been produced by NATRE to make teachers think. Each has its own supporting materials that include a lesson outline. There are some great learning strategies here for a range of age groups.