Queensland state schools embrace a multitude of cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs. Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, schools are to provide Religious Instruction (RI) if approached by a faith group seeking to provide RI and students of that faith attend the school.
RI informs students about the beliefs and values of a particular religion. It is delivered by volunteers of a faith group using instructional materials approved by that faith group. RI is required to be consistent with legislation and Department of Education policies and procedures.
All RI instructors must hold a blue card and participate in compulsory Student Protection and Code of Conduct training. RI instructors are only entitled to deliver the RI program outlined below. A school staff member will be present during the delivery of RI.
Participation in RI is not compulsory. Any student (except Prep students) may participate in RI if a parent has provided written instructions to the school.
Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for Student Enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.
Note: This consent remains in effect unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.
A description of ther RI available is provided below.
|Arrangements for programs||Name of RI program||Delivery details|
|Cooperative program||CEP, GodSpace, Getting to Know Jesus||Fridays 1.45 pm - 3.00 pm|
|Catholic program||Christ Our Light and Life, To Know Worship and Love||Fridays 1.45 pm - 3.00 pm|
The aims and goals of the Cooperative program:
- To introduce students to the major events and concepts of the Bible and explore how these are related to history, geography, culture and to modern life.
- To equip students with the skills required to explore and gain an understanding of the Christian faith.
- To help students develop Christian virtues of kindness, patience, joyfulness and self control plus resilience, compassion and tolerance by applying Biblical teachings to their own experiences.
The aims and goals of the Catholic program:
- To become familiar with Scripture and the Person of Jesus Christ.
- To become familiar with the Tradition and Teaching of the Catholic Church.
- To develop an awareness and appreciation for the Sacraments and Prayers of the Catholic Church.
- To challenge students to make good choices based on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.
- To challenge students to forgive others and treat others as they would like to be treated.
Parents of students participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include:
- personal research and/or assignments
- revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students (i.e. Mathletics, Reading Eggs)
- wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student
Parents will be advised of any changes to RI or other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child's participation.