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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.

Members of the Clergy and their nominees provide a half-hour special religious education lesson each Wednesday morning.

Students may attend Anglican/Protestant, Roman Catholic, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Jewish or Baha'i instruction. Instructional groups are approved by the Department of Education and Communities and the relevant religious group.

Ethics classes are offered for students K to 6 and are run by trained community members as an alternative to non-scripture. A wide range of topics are covered in the ethics curriculum and are appropriate to the particular level of development for each age group. The aim of ethics classes is to help children develop their ethical and moral reasoning skills, to recognise ethical issues and to engage in ethical discussion in class and throughout their lives. Further information is available at primary ethics.

Baha'i scripture classes assist students to develop their spiritual nature. Based on the teachings of Baha'u'llah, the prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith, the classes emphasise the development of spiritual attributes or virtues and attempt to foster in students the knowledge, skills and values required to be world citizens. The classes include short lessons, games, stories, art and music. Students from any religious background are welcome to attend (with their parents' permission) and many currently do. 

Anglican/Protestant special religious education represents Anglican (Church of England), Uniting, Baptist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, AOG, Church of Christ and other Protestant denominations. Our dedicated team of teachers uses a well-developed curriculum to engage children with the Bible through age-appropriate use of music, drama, reading, and writing, puzzle solving, drawing, and discussion. Students are encouraged to explore deeper questions of the nature of humanity, the character of God and our relationship with God, the significance of Jesus as well as the moral implications of how we should live. For more information about our curriculum, or why you should consider protestant scripture for your children, go to email our coordinator, Matt Straw at matt@st-stephens.com.au.