Spiritual Development is one of six Student Learning Results (SLRs) at HKIS. Through this SLR, students will understand and respect Christianity and other religions. In their journey at HKIS, students will explore and develop their spiritual identity.
Spirituality at HKIS is a journey of reverence that explores the meaning of our lives and connections with God, other people, and the world.
HKIS provides an environment to nurture students' spiritual growth and development journey. The religious education program is a well-thought-out curriculum spanning the four divisions at HKIS with clear standards based on our broader philosophy of education.
On a day-to-day level, HKIS embraces an open and accepting community spirit. We believe this happens best in an atmosphere of active role modeling, conversation, and discussion about spiritual matters, world views, personal understandings of God, and personal life experiences. Students learn about and openly discuss Christianity and other beliefs through these conversations. They work cohesively to foster HKIS' mission to be "an American-style education grounded in the Christian faith and respecting the spiritual lives of all."
What HKIS offers in terms of spiritual education is the unique ability to provide students with the tools to develop an inner compass for living an ethical, moral, spiritual life. My hope for HKIS students is that when they arrive on that “A Train to Success”, they have hearts that are attuned to the needs of the world and they are ready to be lights to make the whole world a better place.
High School Humanities Teacher
- Standard 1: Students recognize, define and articulate their own spiritual identity and demonstrate how it guides their personal decisions.
- Standard 2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the Christian story and the centrality of Jesus in the Bible.
- Standard 3: Students understand both the common and unique beliefs, practices and influence of the major religions of the world.
As religious educators at HKIS, teachers:
- Support the religious education program among colleagues and students through curricular and co-curricular programs.
- Acquaint themselves with the religiously diverse nature of the HKIS community (students, parents, teachers, and staff) and exhibit an interest in and respect for these religious traditions.
- Participate in HKIS spiritual growth opportunities.
- Acquaint themselves with religious festivals and incorporate them into classroom instruction and discussions.
- Lower and Upper Primary Schools: Classroom teachers teach Religious Education, which includes lessons about Christianity and world religions.
- Middle School: Old Testament is taught in Grade 6. In Grades 7 and 8, students learn about the New Testament and world religions over a two-year cycle. In Middle School, we have dedicated religious education teachers.
- High School: Biblical and world religion courses are integrated into the humanities and fine arts programs and taught by specialists.
All divisions hold regular chapels and community gatherings.
The GIFTS conference is an annual conference for the whole community to come together and share ideas about what it means for HKIS to be grounded in the Christian faith and respectful of the spiritual lives of all. GIFTS stands for Grounding-Identity-Fellowship-Theology-Spirituality. This event takes place in the Fall each year.
HKIS has a diverse and vibrant community that celebrates festivals and traditions across many faiths and cultures represented within the student and faculty body. Christian Life is an active part of the school’s community and is coordinated by the Schoolwide Spirituality Coordinator.