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Religious education

About religion and ethics

The Education Act 1990 states 'in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion'. Special education in ethics (SEE) is offered as a secular alternative to special religious education.

Special religious education (SRE) is education in the beliefs and practices of an approved religious persuasion. Special education in ethics (SEE) is a program in ethical decision making, action and reflection within a secular framework. At Kiama Public School we currently offer Bahai, Catholic and Protestant as well as the SEE course provided by Primary Ethics.

The SRE and SEE programs are taught by volunteers from organisations approved by the Department of Education. They are often parents, grandparents, carers or lay volunteers from a local congregation. The volunteers undergo a police background check, a working with children check and have been trained by the SRE or SEE organisations. Our classes are held on Wednesdays.

Below is a list of approved special religious education programs provided at the school for 2019. If you would like to change the course your child is currently enrolled in please send a written request to the office.

 

Option 1- Bahai Special Religious Education

“Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future”

“Take the utmost care to give children high ideals and goals so that once they come of age, they will cast their beams like brilliant candles on the world”- Bahai Writings.

Bahai Children’s Education addresses the spiritual and moral aspects of children’s development, to enable them to acquire positive qualities of character and high ideals which are essential for fulfilment in life.

Spiritual truth is universal. The Bahai teachings recognise that all of the world’s great religions emanate from the same Divine source and that they share common universal values.

Childhood and youth are the best time in life for forming character and developing spiritual qualities. Intellectual training is most effective when balanced with moral education and spiritual development. Our classes work towards creating that balance.

Bahai Children’s Education is based on the teachings of the Bahai Faith and focuses on the knowledge and love of God, on the Bahai principles which promote unity and spiritual happiness, and on personal virtues such as honesty, love, trustworthiness, kindness and cooperation with others. 

For further information please contact Kathryn Humphries on 0438443051 

Option 2- Catholic Special Religious Education

Catholic SRE teachers (also known as Catechists) are authorised by the local parish and trained by the Diocese of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic SRE curriculum is approved by the Bishop of the Diocese in liaison with religious education experts.  Lessons include activities that are fun and inclusive for students, whilst also providing them the opportunity to critically explore in depth their faith and to pray and reflect.  

Catholic SRE teachers engage young people in hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture. Catechists teach the children of God’s love for them and how to be in a close relationship with Him. They help young people to make Christ-like choices in the way they live and act, teach them about responsible behaviour with the importance of treating people the way they themselves like to be treated.

For more information about the Catholic SRE curriculum please contact the Catholic SRE Coordinator Gai Delavere on 0401 468 209. 

Option 3- Protestant Special Religious Education

Special Religious Education (SRE) has been a regular part of the public education system in NSW for over 130 years.

Christian churches are committed to working with the NSW Govt. and Dept. of Education and Communities to ensure that well trained and resourced SRE teachers deliver sound programmes that enable parents to confidently choose Christian SRE for their children.

Each week in NSW, over 10,000 volunteer Christian SRE teachers are involved teaching approx. 200,000 students.

Here at Kiama PS, authorised leaders and volunteers from Kiama Baptist and Kiama Anglican Churches come to teach Protestant SRE. Our approved programs are publicly available on church websites.

Deb Baker, who is the children's and families worker at Kiama Anglican, has been teaching Kindergarten SRE for the past few years. Deb has a B. Ed. in Early Childhood and a Diploma of Theology through Anglican Youthworks.

 Our teachers love coming to school each week. We want to affirm that each child is unique and of great worth to God and we want to examine how the teachings of Jesus call us to live lives of faith, humility, generosity, forgiveness and love.

Bron Evans  (Prot. SRE Co-ordinator, Kiama and Minnamurra Public Schools) 

Option 4- Special Education in Ethics

Helping children develop skills for life.

Ethics classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through the give-and-take of reasoned argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence rather than according to habit or peer pressure. Our volunteer ethics teachers use detailed lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. Ethics teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. Ethics teachers support student learning by:

  • modelling the inquiry process – by asking questions and encouraging discussion

  • showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed

  • staying neutral – ethics teachers are trained to keep their own views out of the discussion

  • creating a positive learning environment – by allowing students time to think, encouraging students to share ideas, give reasons and ensuring

 

The Special Education in Ethics program is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from Fiona Stewart on 0416987414 and the Primary Ethics Website.