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.
Religion Instruction classes, which commence from Year 1, are non-denominational are conducted in year level groups on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 30 minutes by volunteers who are accredited by their clergy.
Participating churches include Christ Central Presbyterian Church, Emerge Church, Mitchelton Presbyterian Church, South Pine Community Church and the Bridgeman Baptist Community Church. These churches are working in a cooperative arrangement using CEP beginning with God, CEP Connect and CEP Big Questions teaching material.
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location and are monitored by classroom teachers.
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.
If you wish to change your previous written instructions or you wish for your child to attend this religious instruction program, please provide written advice to the school.