Religious instruction

Religious Instruction (RI)
Queensland state schools embrace a multitude of cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs. Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, schools are to provide Religious Instruction (RI) is approached by a faith group seeking to provide RI and students of that faith attend the school.
RI informs students about the beliefs and values of a particular religion. It is delivered by volunteers of a faith group using instructional materials approved by that faith group. RI is required to be consistent with legislation and Department of Education policies and procedures.
All RI instructors must hold a blue card and participate in compulsory Student Protection and Code of Conduct training. RI instructors are only entitled to deliver the RI program outlined below. A school staff member will be present during the delivery of RI.
Participation in RI is not compulsory. And student (except Prep students) may participate in RI if a parent has provided written instructions to the school.
Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for student enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.
The RI program at Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School is provided in a cooperative arrangement.
Ø  The representatives include: The Salvation Army; Gateway Church; Coorparoo Anglican Church; Cannon Hill Baptist Church; Presbyterian Church; Uniting Church Australia, Roman Catholic and Grace Bible Church.
Ø  The program is Beginning with God (CEP).
Ø  The aims and goals of the program are:
·         To present sound teaching about Christian faith appropriate to each grade
·         To introduce students to key biblical events, concepts and doctrines
·         To refrain from introducing any denominational bias
Ø  The lesson structure: Christian RI may involve a variety of up-to-date teaching methods including storytelling, music, drama, activity books, games, quizzes, video clips and puppet shows. Program resources are written by professional educators and are age appropriate.
Ø  Lessons are provided on a Tuesday afternoon for 30 minutes per week – Year 2 students in semester 1 and Year 1 students in Semester 2.
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to a part of a subject are already covered in class and may include:
·         Personal research and/or assignments
·         Revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities
·         Wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the stgudents.
Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure that they are able to make an informed decision on their child’s participation.

Last reviewed 17 December 2020
Last updated 17 December 2020