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Religious instruction

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Our school offers Religious Instruction (RI) classes for half an hour each week during school hours to students in Year 1-6.

Students are allocated to Religious Instruction classes based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for Student Enrolment form unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.  Participation in RI is not compulsory.

At any time, parents may provide written advice to the principal to change their preference for their child to participate in or to be withdrawn from Religious Instruction.

At present two organised religious groups offer instruction at Currumbin State School: Christian and Baha'i.

Faith Group

Information

Christian

Aims and Goals The aim of Christian RI is to inform students about the basic beliefs of the Christian faith from a non-denominational perspective.

Title of authorised program: The providers of Christian RI use authorised program resources and are committed to best-practice programs that have been reviewed by independent curriculum experts. The Christian RI program resources in use at Currumbin SS are: Beginning with God (Year 1), Connect (Years 2-5) and Big Questions (Year 6) (all published by Christian Education Publications).

Participating faith groups: Local Christian Churches come together to offer Christian RI on a cooperative and non-denominational basis. These local Churches may, amongst others, include Anglican, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Salvation Army and Uniting Churches.

Outline of lesson structure: Christian RI may involve a variety of up-to-date teaching methods including storytelling, prayer, music, drama, craft, activity books, games, quizzes, video clips and puppet shows. Program resources are written by professional educators and are age-appropriate.

Beginning with God  https://cepconnect.com.au/images/uploads/BWG-Syllabus-all.pdf

Connect  https://cepconnect.com.au/images/uploads/Connect-scope-and-sequence-all.pdf

Big Questions  https://cepconnect.com.au/images/uploads/Big-Questions-Syllabus.pdf

Baha'i

Aims and Goals: The aims of Baha'i RI children's classes are to nutrient the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis of these classes is on helping children to learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles such as love, unity, kindness, peace, and justice to their own lives and those around them, based on the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh . The classes seek to inspire in children a love of God, His Messengers and of humanity in all its diversity. The classes include short lessons, prayers and activities to build friendship, games, stories, art and music.

We hope and pray that these Baha'i RI spiritual classes which focus on Nobility of human beings will nurture, train, develop the Potential and refine positive character traits such as justice, love, compassion and other virtues in children.

Outline of lesson structure: Prayers, colouring in virtues lessons, meditation, stories and music

Other Instruction

Any child not participating in RI, or whose nominated religion is not represented within the RI program/s at the school, will remain in class and receive other instruction from their teacher ​during the time of RI classes. RI classes will occur in a separate location. Other instruction will cover content already covered in class​.​

 


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Last reviewed 27 October 2021
Last updated 27 October 2021