RMPS is a well-established and highly regarded part of the curriculum. Pupils study and debate a variety of beliefs and views, from the moral theories of the ancient Greeks to those of Bentham and Hume. They are encouraged to think about the effects of economic policy, approaches to law making and how beliefs impact on individuals and society.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Senior Prep to Senior 2 study a variety of moral issues, world religions and ethical theories. They are encouraged to develop their own thoughts and skills through written work, vocal discussion and creative activities. Art, music, architecture, food and our calendar are some of the areas that have been shaped by religious values and practices.
As they move into S5 pupils can study RMPS at Higher. The course includes units on Origins (Philosophical Questions) and Morality in Medicine. These are important topics which help develop analytical skills and the importance of ethics in our daily lives and professions.
Time is spent looking at the impact religion has on individuals and communities around the world through the study of a major world religion. In a world where the understanding of beliefs and the freedom to express ourselves are increasingly important, pupils are encouraged to respect faith but also encouraged to ask questions.
Kelvinside Academy runs the largest ethics conference of its kind for Higher students in Scotland. Pupils and teachers travel from other schools all over Scotland to attend the conference which has now run for four years. The content supports and builds upon the SQA Higher course.