NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. Approved providers deliver these, where available.
Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture. Special education in ethics is an option for your primary-age child if you withdraw them from special religious education. For more information, visit Religion and ethics.
Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics
A feature of the public education system in NSW is the opportunity to provide time in class for education in ethics, faith and morality from a religious or non-religious perspective at the choice of parents.
Special Religious Education
At Padstow Park Public School, the students have the opportunity to attend a half hour Special Religious Education (SRE) class which is an integral part of the curriculum in government schools. Years 3-6 attend their lesson from 10:55-11:25am and K-2 from 12:15-12:45pm. We provide the following scripture classes: Protestant (which caters for all Christian churches other than Catholic), Catholic, Muslim and Buddhist.
Each teacher of Special Religious Education is authorised by the approved provider.
The approved provider for Catholic SRE is the Catholic Diocese of Sydney.