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 scripture teacher is approved by the Department of Education and is authorised and trained to teach the authorised, age-appropriate curriculum.
At Padstow Park Public School Ethics classes are being offered as an option for children who do not attend special Religious Education (SRE). The NSW government has authorised the charity, Primary Ethics, to create curriculum and deliver these classes.
Trained and authorised volunteer Ethics teachers lead discussions. Classes are enquiry based and children use dialogue and discussion to learn how to think about ethical matters through the give and take of reasoned argument.
Topics the children in different age groups may cover include:
Empathy; Being similar and being different; Fairness; Good reasons; Understanding the rules; Disagreeing respectfully; and Moral responsibility.