KIS is a Christian school that provides ample space to every member of its community to practice, explore and develop their religious and spiritual lives in a faith of their own choice.
Our Religious Education program is sensitive towards all religions and is designed to stress mainly on principles and values of inclusivity, compassion, grace and service.
KIS mission document 2018 states “These principles are, we believe, basic principles for leading a true, just, and peaceful life, and as such they are the grounds upon which we inform our decisions regarding every aspect of life at KIS.”
Despite being a school grounded in the Christian faith, we encourage our students to seek their own spiritual journey by assisting and guiding them towards deeper study and understanding of different religions. We believe that our comprehensive academic framework also feeds into moulding individuals who make informed choices no matter what direction they decide to move in spiritually.
From Grade 1 to 8, the topics discussed during the Religious Education (RE) class revolve mainly around topics like sharing the planet, communicating feelings, loving, caring, friendship, belonging and the overall understanding of who we are. The idea is to discuss in practical ways those crucial aspects of human lives that are not touched upon by the purely academic curriculum.
In Grade 9 specifically students are offered the Life and Teachings of Christ class. Grade 9 onwards, RE is taught as part of IB subject Individual and Societies. Students are introduced to cultures, ideas and philosophical underpinnings of Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism (Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Judaism), Islam, Sikhism, as well as atheism and agnosticism.
At the Diploma Program level, an IB World Religions course is offered. It is a systematic and analytical study of various beliefs and practices from nine main religions of the world. The course seeks to promote an awareness of religious issues in the contemporary world by requiring the study of a diverse range of religions. In the context of the mission statement of the IB, it is most appropriate to study a number of living world religions in a scholarly, open-minded and objective way.
For students who do not opt for the IBDP, there is a one semester course in Basic Christianity (for new students in Grade 11) and for existing KIS students there is another one semester course in Ethics. In Grade 12, there is a guided course on studying their religion of choice in detail.