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.
At Laurieton Public School, SRE and SEE is delivered on Friday from 9.20 – 9.50am for Years 3-6 students and from 10.00 – 10.30am for K-2 students.
On enrolment parents/carers will be given the SRE/ SEE participation letter to complete and return. After the initial enrolment, notification of any future changes to a child's enrolment in SRE/SEE should be given to the office, in writing.
During the time that SRE/SEE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in a separate space and will participate in meaningful activities such as reading, private study or completing their own work.
The following classes are offered at Laurieton Public School:
Special Religious Education (SRE): Combined Christian SRE
SRE provides the opportunity your child needs to think through some of life’s big questions.
It gives them a unique and safe space to explore spiritual and life issues. SRE equips them with a bigger range of tools to develop their ethical and moral framework.
SRE engages students using reading, singing, drama, group activities and conversations as they question life, explore values, and discover faith.
SRE is provided by trained locals who volunteer from different Christian denominations using Department of Education authorised curriculum.
The approved provider in this combined arrangement is the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
The curriculum is based on the Good News about Jesus and learning the key elements of Christian life and culture. It can be found at Connect (Kinder & Y6) and Godspace (Yrs1 – 5).
If you have any questions, you can find out more about Christian SRE from http://www.whysre.com.au or contact Travis, the local Christian SRE coordinator for more information at Camden Haven Anglican Church on (02) 6559 5036.
Special Education in Ethics (SEE)
SEE classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through balanced argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence. Our volunteer SEE teachers use lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. SEE teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. SEE teachers support student learning by:
- showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed
- staying neutral
- creating space for students to think, share ideas and give reasons.
SEE is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from the Primary Ethics Website and SEE coordinator, Ros Hodge, who can be contacted via the school.