Surveyors Creek Public School

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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.

At Surveyors Creek Public School, Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) is delivered on Thursday from 12:20 – 12:50pm for K-2 students and from 12:50 – 1:20pm for Years 3-6 students.

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

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


Catholic SRE

Catholic SRE is provided by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. 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. For more information about the Catholic SRE curriculum go to

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


Combined Christian SRE

Combined Christian SRE is provided by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and Australian Christian Churches. All Combined Christian SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider.

The Combined Christian SRE curriculum is authorised by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. The curriculum is based on Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture and can be found at

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


Special Education in Ethics (SEE)  - available from Term 2, 2020

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. For more information about SEE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Primary Ethics website


During the time that SRE and SEE classes are being held, students not attending these classes will be located in a separate space and will participate in meaningful activities such as revision work, reading and private study.

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.