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Religion and ethics

NSW public schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics, delivered by approved providers wherever available.

During enrolment, you can choose a special religious education option for your child from the school’s available approved providers. You can withdraw your child from special religious education by selecting alternative meaningful activities, or special education in ethics if it’s available.

You can update your preference by writing to the school or through the online form available at participating schools.
Visit the department’s website for more information about religion and ethics. 

NSW schools offer Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE). Approved providers deliver these, where available.

For more information, visit Religion and ethics.

At Ellalong Public School, there are no Special Education in Ethics (SEE) approved providers available. Special Religious Education (SRE) is delivered on Tuesday’s for Kindergarten to Year 6 students. On enrolment parents/carers will be given the SRE participation letter to complete and return. After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE should be given to Ellalong Public School office, in writing.

The following SRE classes are offered at Ellalong Public School:

  • Two, age based, non-denominational scripture classes.

During the time that SRE 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).

Special Religious Education (SRE): Combined Christian SRE


Christian SRE is provided by SRE teachers from different Christian denominations and churches. The approved providers in this combined arrangement are:

          Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

          Baptist Association of NSW

          The Salvation Army 

          Congregational Churches

          Uniting Church Australia

          The Church of Four Square

All Christian SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider. The Christian SRE curriculum is authorised by GodSpace. The curriculum is based on Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture. 

Christian SRE engages students in conversations as they question life, explore values and discover faith.

Please fill out and return the note below to indicate your preferences for SRE or non-scripture. 

SRE Participation Letter