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 upon enrolment 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 Religious Instruction available at Coomera Rivers State School is provided below.
The majority of Christian Church denominations working together and on behalf of each other as a Cooperative group see Ministers' Arrangement held by Administration.
The authorised program covers content across three broad areas and is organised under these three topics - "Beginning with God", "Connect" Series, "Big Questions".
It aims to inform students about the basic beliefs of the Christian faith from a non-denominational perspective, keeping the lessons child and life related.
Teaching methods include storytelling, music, drama, craft, activity books, games, puzzles, video clips, prayer, reading and discussions, Christmas and Easter puppet shows as assembies in the hall. Lessons are 30 minutes weekly.
For further information, including module and/or lesson descriptors visit: www.christianri.org.au and cepconnect.com.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.
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
- wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student.
Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child's participation.