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Educating for Justice and Peace: Nonviolence & Peace Building

As was raised in the Teams meetings at the beginning of the year, while we have a Justice and Peace Framework, we rarely go as far as explicitly teaching and using the language of peace building and nonviolence.

Thanks to the work done by Pac e Bene and Anglican Schools in WA, the curriculum unit has provided a number of schools with some materials to trial, incorporate or beginning discussing. This year, a number of teachers and RECs have taken up the challenge of considering how RE curriculum focused on the nonviolence/peace building example of Jesus could be incorporated into their school context. Each has taken a different route:

  • Aquinas College Perth, are trialling a series of lessons as part of their Veritas character development program (1 period a week) (Richard Mavros);
  • Rostrevor College has trailed the unit in Year 11 RE (Adam Whitefield);
  • St Joseph’s Geelong adapted their year 10 RE PBL program to incorporate aspects of the unit for Term 2 (Vicki Mills);
  • CBHS Lewisham have begun the Peace and Nonviolence conversations with their staff (Daniel Valencic);
  • EREA hosted a Taster PD in Melbourne for local schools to be introduced to the Trial Curriculum unit.

Aquinas College have shared their plan with their community through the newsletter. Click here and scroll down to read the Peace and Nonviolence article by John Van Dyke (Head of Senior School - Acting).

Richard Mavros, Adam Whitefield, Daniel Valencic and Martina Cooper have participated in a Curriculum training day and/or the Peace Education Gathering in Adelaide in June.

The Curriculum unit has also now been trailed with over 500 students in Anglican schools and the feedback from teachers and students is overwhelmingly positive.

For those interested in finding out more and being inspired, there is a small group on Facebook (closed) which you are invited to join (

This is a conversation we will continue to develop in 2019. You’re welcome to contact Jo Hart ( if you’d like more information about this initiative and/or the Trial Curriculum unit.

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