HLIS Curriculum

Objectives in the HLIS Constitution:

The primary objectives of Highland Lutheran International School are students who:

  1. Believe in the triune God who creates, redeems and sanctifies all humanity.
  2. Acquire thinking skills and a comprehensive knowledge of the world around them and integrate that knowledge into a Christian frame of reference.
  3. Develop and willingly use spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and artistic resources and talents in Christian life.

Learning / Primary Outcomes

All learning at HLIS is centered in Christ.  The school follows the PNG Curriculum for the most part, adds international curriculum and content when possible, often employs text books from the United States and/or Australia and affords internet access for appropriate research activities.  The primary outcomes of the school are students who are

  1. Christian ambassadors;
  2. Effective learners and communicators;
  3. Open-minded thinkers and problem solvers;
  4. Active citizens of Papua New Guinea; and
  5. Principle centered leaders and followers.

A Total Experience.     The broad definition of curriculum includes all of the experiences of school, both planned and unplanned, in which a child participates during the school day. The program at HLIS is designed to fit the philosophy of the school, satisfy PNG requirements and meet the needs of the total child. The program is regularly reviewed and adjusted as necessary to maintain high standards.

Outline and Basic Principles of the HLIS Elementary and Primary Curriculum

  • Christian Studies includes the areas of instruction in Bible history, Bible themes and Christian doctrine as understood from the Lutheran point of view, singing, prayer and the practice of Christianity in daily living. We use materials produced specifically for use in Lutheran schools.
  • Written and spoken language are God-given gifts which enable people to communicate with God and with each other. The HLIS Literacy program includes many materials and activities, which promote reading, writing and spoken communication. The school library and classroom work are connected to this program.
  • God has created an orderly, intricate, beautiful world. The study of Science and Mathematics equip people with tools that help them understand this creation better. The science program places an emphasis on doing science rather than merely reading about what others do. Health and technology are integrated into this area of the curriculum also.
  • God created people to interact with each other in society. This interaction over a period of time and in particular places is the focus of the Social Studies program.
  • Skills in the use of special talents and abilities are developed and practiced through a program of Physical Education, Art, Music and Drama.
  • The tools of the curriculum include textbooks, computers, audio-visual media and other means to meet the various learning styles of HLIS students. HLIS is concerned for the total education of the child – body, mind, and spirit.
  • Daily periods of prayer and praise and weekly chapel services are included in the curriculum to provide opportunities for students and staff to respond to God’s gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
  • Reading is encouraged through weekly trips to the school library, book reports, quiet reading times, notable reader programs and other means. Various computer skills are taught throughout each grade level.

Grades 7-10 at HLIS offers subjects leading to the PNG School Certificate including:

  • Christian Religious Education
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Making a Living
  • Personal Development
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Business Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Art

Grades 11 and 12 offers courses leading to the PNG Higher School Certificate.

Individual students are streamed according to interest and ability, and may follow Humanities or Science tracks. Courses offered at HLIS are:

  • Christian Religious Education
  • English Language
  • Mathematics A and B
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Design and Technology

Report Cards Student progress is formally reported to parents of kindergarten through 12th graders by means of a written report each academic term. Letter grades are introduced in the 5th grade and are used in all classes from 5th-12th grades. Parents are encouraged to consult with their student’s teacher at any time about their student’s progress.

Resource Link: The following link is for a Papua New Guinea Education Department website that provides detailed outlines for students and teachers at all levels from elementary to grade 12:


Professor Greg Shaw the dean of Education Faculty of Charles Darwin University in Australia visited HLIS with his team today. Professor Greg has been teaching in schools in Papua New Guinea for 15 years and has vast experience in Education system in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. The purpose of the visit was to run a partnership Education program with HLIS and the University of Charles Darwin. The program is an initiative of the Enga Provincial Government spearheaded by Governor Sir Peter Ipatas. HLIS was identified as one of the key schools in the country to run the program as a school of excellence. The program will be aimed at piloting an exchange of programs and adoption of Australian curriculum into the school. The team addressed the students and the staff highlighting the importances of the program. The adoption of Australian Curriculum in the school will uphold quality standards, high language skills, and strong knowledge base education. There will be inclusive programs for pre tertiary studies, tertiary studies, tourism and hospitality and English Language proficiency for students. Professional development upgrade programs for teaching staff will also be part of the program through online and face to face programs. Australia Awards Scholarship is also available for undergraduate studies in Australia where the grade 12 students can apply. The team will continuously visit HLIS time to time for moderations and to establish strong awareness of the existing curriculums and to have the program rolling successfully through the Enga Provincial Government.   

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