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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.

At Rainbow Street Public School, Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) is delivered every Thursday from 9:00am for students in Years 3-6, and 9:30am for Kindergarten-Year 2 students.

For new enrolments parents/carers will be given the SRE and SEE Participation Letter to complete and return to the school office.

The following SRE classes are offered at Rainbow Street Public School:

Option 1: Christian Scripture

Option 2: Catholic Scripture

Option 3: Islamic Instruction

Option 4: Jewish Instruction

Option 5: Greek Scripture


Option 6: Special Education in Ethics


Christian Scripture

Christian/Anglican SRE at Rainbow St Public School is provided by Anglican teachers authorised and trained by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, who are an approved SRE provider. It is overseen by Holy Trinity Anglican Church Kingsford https://www.htk.org.au/ on behalf of Randwick Presbyterian Church, Maroubra Baptist Church and Kingsford Church of Christ. Teachers provide education in Christian beliefs and practices for students in K-6. The SRE curriculum used in this school is produced by Christian Education Publications and is approved by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. For more information about the SRE curriculum used in this school visit whysre.com.au


Catholic Scripture

Catholic SRE is provided by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. For more information about Catholic SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit https://www.sydneycatholic.org/education/#scripture


Islamic Special Religious Education Instruction 

Islamic Instruction teachers are authorised and trained by the Islamic Council of NSW (ICNSW) and approved by the Islamic Special Religious Education Organisation. The curriculum is approved by the Islamic Council of NSW and has been running since the early 1980’s. The ISRE lessons provide a specifically tailored Islamic education program for Muslim students from Kindergarten through to Year 6. For more information about the curriculum go to http://www.isre.org.au/


Jewish Instruction

Jewish SRE is provided by the NSW Board of Jewish Education (BJE). All teachers undergo a selection process and are trained in the professional delivery of the curriculum and in classroom management. The curriculum is developed by BJE’s professionally trained educators taking studenthood development milestones into account. For more information, please see BJE’s website


Greek Orthodox SRE

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is a Department of Education approved provider for 2019 and is also a member of the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW). Scripture classes focus on an Orthodox way of life and identity. The lessons help develop the religious sense of each student. More information is available at http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/


Special Education in Ethics

SEE is provided by Primary Ethics. SEE classes support students to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. SEE teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills.  Our authorised Curriculum link to our website can be found here: https://primaryethics.com.au/about-ethics-classes/our-curriculum/



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 such as reading.