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 Archdiocese of Sydney.
The Catholic SRE curriculum – Christ our Light and Life is available on the website at http://ccd.sydneycatholic.org/publications/curriculum-resources/
The approved provider for Protestant SRE is the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.
The Protestant SRE authorised curriculum CEP including Beginning with God, Connect, Biq Questions) can be viewed at http://www.whysre.com.au/cepcurriculum.
The approved provider for Muslim SRE is the Islamic Council of NSW.
The Muslim SRE curriculum is available on the website at http://www.isre.org.au/our-program.
The approved provider for Buddhist Scripture is the Buddhist Council of NSW.
The Buddhist SRE curriculum is available on the website at http://www.buddhistcouncil.org/sre-program.
The approved provider for Greek Orthodox Scripture is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
The Greek Orthodox SRE curriculum is available on the website at http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/?page_id=3854#1526973435066-dedd7d1f-79ea
Special Education in Ethics
Primary Ethics is the approved provider of Ethics classes offered at our school.
The Primary Ethics curriculum is available on the website at www.primaryethics.com.au.