Botany Public School

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Religion and ethics

NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. Approved providers deliver these, where available. For more information, visit Religion and ethics

Upon enrolment, parents/carers will be provided with a note to complete stating what group they would like their child to attend during this time.

After the initial enrolment, any notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE / SEE should be provided to the school administration staff in the office in writing.

NSW public schools allow time for Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) where authorised teachers of approved providers are available.

At Botany Public School, SRE is delivered on Wednesday from 9.00am until 10.00am for all students K - 6.

Botany Public School supports SRE and SEE by:

  • ensuring no formal school activities occur during time set aside for SRE / SEE;

  • providing adequate learning spaces for the delivery of SRE / SEE; and

  • providing families with access to current information about SRE / SEE.

    The following classes are offered at Botany Public School:

    Special Religious Education (SRE): Anglican SRE

    Anglican SRE lessons introduce children to the Bible and the message of who Jesus is, in a fun and engaging way. Interactive classes are taught by trained SRE volunteers using the high quality approved curriculum (Connect).

    Special Religious Education (SRE): Catholic SRE

    Catholic SRE lessons include activities that are fun and inclusive for students, whilst also providing them with the opportunity to critically explore their faith and to pray and reflect.

    Special Religious Education (SRE): Christian Orthodox

    Christian Orthodox SRE lessons compliment the general education of Orthodox children and the Orthodox way of life and identity. These classes are run by a local Greek Orthodox Church.

    Special Religious Education (SRE): Jewish

Jewish SRE lessons aim to foster a positive sense of Jewish identity in our youth leading to them becoming involved and active members of the Jewish community.

Special Education in Ethics (SEE): Ethics Classes

Ethics classes in years K–2 focus on developing core skills such as listening to others, taking turns to speak and giving reasons.  In years 3–6, ethics students develop their critical thinking and discussion-based skills.

Teacher supervised classes for students not attending SRE / SEE

During the time that SRE/SEE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in a separate space and will participate in meaningful activities that focus on our school rules and values.