Special Religious Education (SRE): Combined Christian SRE
A feature of the public education system in NSW is the opportunity to provide time in class for education in faith, ethics and morality from a religious or non-religious perspective at the choice of parents/carers.
At GRC Peakhurst Campus, Christian SRE is provided by SRE teachers representing different Christian denominations and churches in the Peakhurst area. The approved providers in this combined arrangement are:
1. Baptist Union of Australia
2. Anglican Diocese of Sydney
3. Uniting Church of Australia
4. Australian Christian Churches
The approved providers listed above have agreed that an authorised Christian SRE curriculum provided by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney is delivered by authorised and qualified SRE Teachers - Mr Graham Crew, Mr Glen Ross and Mr Greg Brooks. They teach from a well resourced, engaging and thorough curriculum ‘Think Faith’ which can be accessed through the following website:
At GRC Peakhurst Campus, Special Religious Education is delivered to students in a timetabled classroom lesson 1 hour per fortnight. SRE teachers at GRC Peakhurst Campus are appropriately authorized by their respective SRE provider according to the Department of Education Guidelines, have SRE accreditation training and have met all the relevant requirements under the Child Protection Act and Child Protection Regulations.
A parent/carer may choose whether their student participates in SRE. Students who do not participate in timetabled SRE lessons will be provided with supervised alternate meaningful activities by a member of staff. This could include the option to read privately, study or complete homework. Students are not permitted to participate in lessons in the school curriculum or other extra curricular activities during this time.
A parent/carer may, at any time, notify the school in writing that they wish to change their decision. Students will continue the same arrangement as the previous year, unless the parent/carer has requested a change in writing.
If you have any questions or queries relating to Special Religious Education, please contact the school on 91539966.