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Religious instruction

​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 Application for student 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.

 

Arrangements for programs Participating faith group Name of RI program Delivery details

Cooperative program

Christian
 
 
 
Bible stories
(year 1)
 
Friday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in year 1 classrooms
Cooperative program
Christian
 
CEP CONNECT (years 2 to 6)
 
Monday 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in year 2 classrooms 
Wednesday 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in year 4 classrooms 
Thursday 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in year 3 and 5 classrooms
Friday 9:00 am to 10:00 am in year 6 classrooms
 
Parents of child/ren participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI. Currently a fee of $5.00 is requested to cover the cost of resources. 
 

Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction relates to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include, but is not restricted to:   

• personal research and/or assignments 
 
• revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students
 
• 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.