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Religion and ethics

At Thurgoona Public School, Special Religious Education (SRE) is delivered once a week during school terms.

On enrolment parents/carers will be give a SRE Participation Letter to complete and return. After the intial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE should be given to the office, in writing.

The following SRE classes are offered at Thurgoona Public School.

Non-Denominational Special Religious Education (Combined Christian SRE)

Christian SRE engages students in conversations as they question life, explore values and discover faith. Christian SRE is provided by SRE teachers from different Christian denominations and churches. The approved providers in this combined arrangement are Presbyterian Church of Australia (NSW); CRC Churches International NSW; Albury Bible Church (Albury); ACTS Global Churches (previously Apostolic Church Australia); Associated Christian Ministries; Lutheran Church of Australia, NSW District (Rhodes); Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga; Australian Christian Churches; Churches of Christ in NSW (Fresh Hope); and The Salvation Army. All Christian SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider. The Christian SRE curriculum is authorised by Anglican Diocese of Sydney and the Presbyterian Church of Australia (NSW). The name of the curriculum used is Connect (CEP) (Stage 1-3), Beginning with God (CEP) (Stage Kindergarten) Curriculum and Quizworx. 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: cepconnect

Catholic Religious Education

The curriculum scope and sequence for Catholic religious education has been authorised by the Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga.

The link to the authorised scope and sequence is available at catholiceducation

No Religious Education

In the allocated time set aside for SRE, students not attending are provided with supervised alternative meaningful activities. This could include reading, private study or completing homework. They are supervised in a separate physical space from SRE classes by a member of the school staff. Supervision of students is consistent with the Department's duty of care requirements. Students do not participate in lessons in the school curriculum or other extra-curricular activities during this time.

Ethics Classes (available to Year 1 and Years 5 and 6 only-limited to 22 students per class)

Ethics classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through the give-and-take of reasoned argument, students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence rather than according to habit or peer pressure. Volunteer ethics teachers, which are trained members of the school and broader community, use detailed lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. Ethics teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. The link to the authorised curriculum scope and sequence is available at


For more information on Special Religious Education, please visit Religion and ethics.