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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.

Wauchope Public School Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE)

At Wauchope Public School SRE and SEE is delivered on Thursdays and is held at various times during the day for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

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

During the time that SRE/SEE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in a separate space and will participate in meaningful activities (activities could include reading, private study or completing homework).

The following SRE/SEE classes are offered at Wauchope Public School:

Special Religious Education (SRE): Combined Christian SRE

Christian SRE is provided by SRE teachers from different Christian denominations and churches. All Christian SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider.

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

Combined Christian Special Religious Education is provided by a combined group of local churches from different Christian denominations including St Mathews Anglican Church Wauchope - Anglican Diocese of Grafton, Wauchope Presbyterian Church –Presbyterian Church of NSW, Beechwood Uniting Church – Uniting Church in Australia, Wauchope Seventh Day Adventist Church – Seventh Day Adventist Church, North Haven Baptist Church and Wauchope Baptist Church – Baptist Union NSW, Wauchope Bethel Foursquare Church – Bethel Foursquare Church Gospel Church.

For more information about Combined Christian Special Religious Education and the listed denominations, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the name of approved provider website.



Special Religious Education (SRE): Catholic SRE

Catholic SRE teachers (also known as Catechists) are authorised by the local parish and trained by the Diocese of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic SRE curriculum is approved by the Bishop of the Diocese in liaison with religious education experts.  Lessons include activities that are fun and inclusive for students, whilst also providing them the opportunity to critically explore in depth their faith and to pray and reflect.

Catholic SRE teachers engage young people in hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture

Catholic Special Religious Education is provided by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, Wauchope and the Catholic Diocese of Lismore.

More information about Catholic SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Catholic Diocese of Lismore Curriculum website and/or the Catholic Diocese of Lismore website:



Special Education in Ethics (SEE)

SEE classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through balanced argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence. Our volunteer SEE teachers use lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. SEE teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. SEE teachers support student learning by:

  • showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed
  • staying neutral
  • creating space for students to think, share ideas, give reasons and ensuring

SEE is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from the Primary Ethics Website.