Special Religious Education is a voluntary program in State Schools in New South Wales.
The details on this page are provided at the request of the New South Wales Department of Education.
Special Religious Education (or Scripture as it is better known) complements the general education of Greek Orthodox children. Scripture classes focus on an Orthodox way of life and identity.
The lessons include much more than Bible knowledge. These are not classes on ethics.
They help develop the religious sense of each child. For instance, they are shown how to pray, how to make the sign of the Cross and the importance of the Sacraments in our life.
Children are taught the hymns of the Church. They are acquainted with the Liturgy and Feasts of the Orthodox Church.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia encourages all its members to be involved in Special Religious Education to enrich local school communities.
Participation is free and entirely voluntary and only at the discretion of the parents or guardians.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is a Department of Education approved provider for 2023 and is also a member of the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW).
Modes of delivery
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia authorises trained volunteers to deliver an approved curriculum.
Teachers must have the appropriate Working with Children Check and evidence of their clearance is kept on record in the Archdiocese.
A system is in place to ensure that all special religious education teachers attend initial and ongoing training in classroom management and child protection issues.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has authorised the material and pedagogy used by teachers. This is the curricula of the Pantanassa Monastery. Some details of the curriculum is provided to the public on website: http://www.pantanassamonastery.org/scripture-lessons
There may be minor variations in the delivery of the program across schools due to timetables or combined classes.
Other sites of assistance in understanding curriculum issues are ICCOREIS the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW) Inc.
Parents and caregivers are very welcome to view the lessons that their child is taught by consulting their local priest.
For more information contact the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia or your local parish. If you wish to make a complaint about a specific teacher, or the material being taught, or any other issue, please use the complaint procedure provided on the next page.
School link to Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia SRE web-site
Schools may place a link http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/education/nsw-scripture-classes on their website to this page
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the process for authorisation of SRE teachers, minimum requirements, qualifications and basic training on your website?
Yes – see Authorisation of Teachers
Is the complaints procedures which includes resolution within a reasonable timeframe visible on your website?
Yes – see Complaints
Is there a process of cyclic curriculum review in place e.g. every 5 years and is this information accessible on your website?
Yes – see Scripture Resources. The curriculum is reviewed every three years for Infants, every four years for Primary and every four years for High School
Is your curriculum scope and sequence in sufficient detail for parents/caregiver to understand what is covered in SRE lessons?
Yes – see Scripture Resources