... children the opportunity to explore faith and values.
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION (QLD)
MULTI-FAITHS PEAK BODY ANNOUNCES THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION FROM QUEENSLAND STATE SCHOOLS
The Multi-Faiths Peak Body for Religious Instruction (RI) in Queensland state schools has strongly recommended to its Instructors the immediate temporary suspension of Religious Instruction from state schools until further notice.
Venerable Tseten, Co-Chair of the Multi-Faiths RI Peak Body and President of Buddhist Education in State Schools states, “The safety and wellbeing of students, parents and the broader school community is always the first the priority of the providers of RI in Queensland state schools. We have therefore decided that it is in the best interests of everyone that our approximately 3,500 volunteer Instructors temporarily suspend the delivery of RI from the 750 state schools where RI is on offer during the coronavirus pandemic”.
Rev David Baker, Co-Chair of the Multi-Faiths Peak Body and Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod states, “The majority of Queensland primary schools welcome the positive role that RI can play in school communities, especially at a time such as now. However, the providers of RI believe that it is in the best interests of everyone that RI is temporarily suspended. We look forward to supporting parents and local schools by making RI available again, when it is safe to do so. “
Every endeavour will be made to urgently communicate this important information to all providers of RI throughout the state.
Why Choose Christian RI?
According to a recent national survey by McCrindle Research, 99% of Australian parents think that it is important to teach values to Australian school students. 84% believe that Australia’s Christian heritage has been influential in shaping those values.
Many parents choose Christian RI for their children, even if they don’t regularly attend Church, in order to give their children the opportunity to question, explore and discover faith and Christian values for themselves as part of a holistic education.
Christian RI provides a safe environment for children to develop a positive self-image, identity and resilience. It gives young people an opportunity to form their understanding of the morals and values from the teachings of Jesus.
How do I select RI?
RI is offered from Year 1 onwards and you can choose RI:
When enrolling in your local school by nominating “Yes” on the enrolment form for your child to participate. You can then nominate which RI you want your child placed in, if it is available at the school.*
Any time via a written instruction to your school Principal.
* See your school’s website under the co-curricular or extra-curricular tab for the RI options available at your school to ensure that your child is placed in the option of your choosing.
What Happens @ RI?
Asking questions is the key to learning.
Students are encouraged to ask questions about the Christian faith and its relevance to life. Questions begin the journey to knowledge and understanding.
Exploration brings deeper comprehension.
Students are encouraged to explore questions of faith, life and values in relation to their own personal beliefs and the broader worldviews found in society today, and in the past. Exploration promotes learning that is relevant.
Discovery leads to meaningful conclusions.
When students draw their own conclusions about the Christian faith and it’s values they can make decisions about life and how it should be lived. Discovery is when questions and exploration come alive.
The Christian RI Program
The providers of Christian RI are committed to best-practice RI instruction and program resource materials.
Christian RI instructors follow program resource materials which are regularly reviewed to ensure they are age-appropriate and in step with relevant government legislation and Department of Education policies.
The independent Multi-Faiths RI Peak Body in Queensland has commenced a comprehensive review of RI program resource materials in consultation with the Department of Education. The aim is to ensure that every child and young person in Years 1-12 in Queensland state schools is given the opportunity to question and explore faith, values, and their cultural expression, in a safe and supportive environment.
Who Teaches RI?
Volunteer RI Instructors from local Christian Churches come together to offer “Christian RI”. These denominations may amongst others include Anglican, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Salvation Army and Uniting Churches.
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