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Religious instruction

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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 the RI available is provided below.

Christian Religious Instruction

Participating faith groups: Local Christian Churches come together to offer Christian RI on a cooperative and non-denominational basis. These local churches may, amongst others, include Anglican, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist, Catholic, and Presbyterian.

 

Authorised programs:

Year 1 & 5 -- Beginning with God & Big Questions (C.E.P.):

"The CEP curriculum seeks to broaden each student's education by helping them develop their understanding and knowledge of biblical principles, to build skills which will enhance their overall learning ability and to form an understanding of values and attitudes of faith, culture and the world today."

 

Year 2 - 4 -- GodSpace:

"GodSpace is a three-year curriculum that engages kids and helps them explore the Bible and Christian life so they can make up their own minds about it. Experts from diverse backgrounds, experienced in theology and teaching children make sure that the content is presented in a contemporary and relevant way. The lessons provide activities to help the children experience acceptance and love in the learning environment while pointing to Jesus and a relationship with him. When looking through the curriculum, please note that the stories and activities have been written so that they are age appropriate in an educational setting for children ages 4 to 12."

 


Aims and goals: The aim of Christian RI is to inform students about the basic beliefs of the Christian faith from a non-denominational perspective.

Lesson structure: Lessons will typically run for 25 minutes per week.

For further information, visit:

CEP Connect - https://cepconnect.com.au/curriculum

God Space - https://godspace.org.au/curriculum/

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.

Other Instruction

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 of that school (i.e. Study Ladder, Reading Eggs)

·         wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student

Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child's participation. 

(This document is part of a suite of Religious instruction policy statement supporting documents provided by the Department of Education for use in Queensland state schools and available at https://education.qld.gov.au/parents-and-carers/school-information/school-operations/policy-statement)

Religious Instruction will commence for participating students on Friday Week 7 Term 1.

 

 


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Last reviewed 05 March 2021
Last updated 05 March 2021