Anglican Identity

Anglican Identity

Our Anglican Identity is the grounding on which Diocesan School is built.  It permeates every aspect of our school life and the Christian principles of love, compassion, hope, justice and diversity are present in every area of the school.  Our Anglican Identity is explicitly expressed through Chaplaincy, Service Learning and Religious Studies.  

Students are strengthened and nourished by Christian worship and pastoral care, encouraged to value serving others as the ultimate achievement, and to explore Christian teaching plus their own and others’ belief systems.  We aim to ensure that, through these programmes, our students are well rounded and compassionate human beings who go on to make a difference in the world



Students in Years 7-10 come to chapel once every seven school days.

The themes covered in chapel are usually related to the lectionary readings of the Anglican Church for the Sunday closest to the chapel service.  We also cover topical themes depending on what needs there are in each year group.  Usual chapel services include singing, praying, scripture reading, and a homily.  Students can be involved in chapel services as readers and servers by signing up with the Chaplains.

Sunday Chapel Services

Sunday Chapel Services

All students at Diocesan School are expected to attend some Sunday and other occasional chapel services. Students in the Junior High School attend their Year Level Service in Term 1 and their House Service in Term 2. Students are also expected to attend the Carol Service in the second to last week of the year, which is held at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies

The essence of our philosophy is that we are spiritual beings and we all yearn for connection.  Becoming more fully human is about acknowledging our desire for connection and nurturing our connection in three areas of our lives – our connection with our core selves, our connection with others in relationship, and our connection with the numinous. 

Religious Studies is one of the keys to developing young people who:

Religious Studies is one of the keys to developing young people who:

  • are curious about the world
  • have empathy for the belief and values systems of others
  • understand the diversity of humanity
  • make thoughtful and principled decisions
  • are reflective and self-aware
  • are confident in their own belief systems

Religious Studies Programme in
Junior High School:

Year 7

Unit 1: An Introduction to Religious Studies

Unit 3: Stories of the Christian faith

Unit 4: Who was Jesus?

Unit 5: An Introduction to Sikhism

Unit 6: Christmas

Year 8

Unit 1: Gratitude

Unit 2: An Introduction to Buddhism

Unit 3: Ultimate Questions

Unit 4: The Golden Rule

Unit 5: The Sacraments and the Church year

Unit 6: Advent

Year 9

Unit 1: Wairuatanga

Unit 2: Why Jesus inspires

Unit 3: An Introduction to Christian Ethics and Morality

Unit 4: Judaism

Unit 5: Art and beauty in Religion

Year 10

Unit 1: Diversity in Hinduism

Unit 2: Relationships

Unit 3: Atonement

We aim to have a classroom climate of respect and acceptance but also where beliefs and opinions can be challenged.  We expect statements to be justified with evidence and encourage prejudice to be exposed and explored.  It is our desire that our students feel safe, respected and valued in the Religious Studies classroom, that they are challenged and supported in their learning, that our programme is stimulating and up-to-date, and that we address critical issues relevant to life in the 21st Century.  Our Religious Studies programme is based on the Five Strand Approach.

  • Christianity and the Bible
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • World Religions
  • Stillness and Reflection