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Religion and ethics

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.

What is Special Religious Education/Special Education in Ethics?

Special Religious Education (SRE) or Special Education in Ethics (SEE) is the time set aside in public schools where parents can choose to have their children educated in the faith of their family and cultural background. The NSW Education Act (1990) allows for the local community to make this contribution to public education, via annually approved providers, responsible for developing age-appropriate lessons, training, and authorisation of teachers.

At Bellevue Hill Public School we currently offer the following options for Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE):

These classes are held weekly on a Friday for 30 minutes and are taught by approved volunteers from each organisation.

You can click on each SRE/SEE option above to be taken to the approved provider's website for more detailed information about their curriculum. All SRE/SEE providers must be approved by the NSW Department of Education and follow an approved curriculum enabling students to learn more about and engage with their religion. Every provider must have a link to their curriculum scope and sequence on their website.

SRE and SEE teachers are encouraged to use a variety of teaching activities including writing, craft, small groups, class discussion, songs, drama, storytelling, games and new learning technologies. 

If you would like your child to partake in the Ethics classes offered during SRE, please download, sign and email back the ethics permission form (PDF 424KB) to as parental permission is needed for students to join Ethics classes at BHPS.