Drummoyne Public School

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Religion and Ethics

At Drummoyne Public School Special Religious Ecucation (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) are delivered on Friday mornings from 9:30am for K-2 students, from 10.05am for Years 3-4 students and from 10:40am for Years 5-6 students.

On enrolment parents/carers are given the SRE and SEE participation letter to complete and return to indicate their preference for a religion or ethics class. After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE/SEE should be given to the school office in writing.

The following SRE classes are offered at Drummoyne Public School:

  • Catholic SRE is provided by St Mark's Parish on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Sydney. For more information about Catholic SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Catholic Diocese of Sydney website https://www.sydneycatholic.org/
  • Protestant SRE is provided by the Drummoyne Presbyterian Church and Drummoyne Baptist Church. For more information about Protestant SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Presbyterian Church of Australia website:  https://pynsw.org.au/ or the Baptist Union of NSW website : https://nswactbaptists.org.au/
  • Greek Orthodox SRE is provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. For more information about Greek Orthodox SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia website: http://www.greekorthodox.org.au
  • SEE is provided by Primary Ethics. For more information about SEE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Primary Ethics website https://primaryethics.com.au/

During the time that SRE/SEE classes are being held, students not attending will be located the school library or hall and will participate in independent activities which include reading, private study or completing homework.

Special Religious Education (SRE): Catholic SRE

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.  For more information about the Catholic SRE curriculum go to : https://ccd.sydneycatholic.org/publications/curriculum-resources/

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. 

Special Religious Education (SRE): Protestant SRE

Protestant SRE is provided by SRE teachers from different Christian denominations and churches. The approved providers in this combined arrangement are Drummoyne Presyterian Church and Drummoyne Bapist Church. All Protestant SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider.

The Protestant SRE curriculum is authorised by The Baptist Union of NSW and The Presbyterian Church of NSW. The curriculum is based on Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture. Christian SRE engages students in conversations as they question life, explore values and discover faith.

For more information about the Protestant SRE curriculum please go to : http://pynsw.org.au/sre/  or https://nswactbaptists.org.au/authorised-sre-curriculum/

Special Religious Education (SRE): Greek Orthodox SRE

Special Religious Education (or Scripture as it is better known) complements the general education of Greek Orthodox children. Scripture classes focus on an Orthodox way of life and identity.

The lessons include much more than Bible knowledge. These are not classes on ethics. They help develop the religious sense of each child. For instance, they are shown how to pray, how to make the sign of the Cross and the importance of the Sacraments in our life. Children are taught the hymns of the Church. They are acquainted with the Liturgy and Feasts of the Orthodox Church.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia encourages all its members to be involved in Special Religious Education to enrich local school communities. Participation is free and entirely voluntary and only at the discretion of the parents or guardians.

For more information about the Greek Orthodox SRE curriculum go to their website:

https://pantanassamonastery.org/scripture-lessons/

Special Education in Ethics (SEE)

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

  • showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed
  • staying neutral
  • creating space for students to think, share ideas, give reasons and ensuring

SEE is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from the Primary Ethics Website: 

https://primaryethics.com.au/curriculum/