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Religious instruction

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​​​​​​Religious instruction

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 (PDF, 5.73 MB) 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.

Religious Instruction

Participating faith groups: Bahai and Christian RI. The denominations of Christian RI may include a range of local Christian churches such as Anglican, Catholic, Churches of Christ, and Uniting Churches.

Authorised program:  Christian RI

Aims and goals: Christian Religious Instruction is one way of promoting the spiritual development and wellbeing of young Australians.

Lesson structure: Lessons are conducted for 30 minutes weekly throughout the school from year 1- 6.

For ​further information  visit: www.christianRI.org.au 

Authorised program Baha'i

Aims and goals:  Baha'i faith explores the principles of a global society including equality, respect and  harmony.

Lesson structure: Lessons are conducted for 30 minutes weekly to combined groups of students form year1-6. 

For ​further information​  visit www.g​oldcoast.bahai.org.au​.​ ​


Parents of students participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.

Other Instruction

Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include:

  • personal research and/or assignments
  • revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school (i.e. targeting maths)
  • wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student

 

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Last reviewed 29 October 2021
Last updated 29 October 2021