Rutherford 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.

At Rutherford Public School, SRE is delivered on Tuesday from 10:00am for K-2 students and from 10:30am for Years 3-6 students.

On enrolment parents/carers will be given the SRE participation letter to complete and return. After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE should be given to the school office, in writing.

Christian SRE is provided by SRE teachers from different Christian denominations and churches. The approved providers in this combined arrangement is the Maitland Evangelical Church. All Christian SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider.

The Christian SRE curriculum is authorised by the Maitland Evangelical Church. The curriculum is based on Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture and can be found at Christian SRE engages students in conversations as they question life, explore values and discover faith.

Students not participating in SRE lessons will engage in alternative meaningful activities during time allocated for SRE. Suitable activities include reading, private study and completing homework. Where parents/carers have not returned the SRE participation letter, the student will be engaged in meaningful activities until such time the letter is returned to the school. 

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.