Gordon West Public School

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Religion and ethics

NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. Approved providers deliver these, where available.

Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture. Special education in ethics is an option for your primary-age child if you withdraw them from special religious education. For more information, visit Religion and ethics.

At Gordon West Public School, Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) are delivered on Wednesdays between 12.25pm and 1.00pm.  On enrolment parents/carers are given SRE and SEE participation forms to complete and return.  After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE/SEE should be given in writing to the school office.

Christian SRE is education in Christian beliefs and practices for children of families from various Christian denominations and churches.. The curriculum explores the good news about Jesus Christ found in the Bible and the depth of God’s love for people. Each lesson has been developed to be taught in an age-appropriate manner.  Lessons include activities which make the lessons fun and inclusive for children and young people, and also give them the opportunity to critically explore and deepen their faith, pray, and reflect.

Research has shown that SRE contributes to students’ holistic education as it nurtures their spiritual wellbeing.

The following Scripture classes are provided

·         Combined Christian SRE: Anglican /Uniting

·         Catholic Christian

Ethics classes are offered too. Students who select not to attend scripture or ethics join a non-scripture group.


Combined Christian SRE: Anglican/Uniting

Our school offers Combined Christian special religious education with providers from St. Matthew’s Anglican Church West Pymble and Gordon-Pymble Uniting Church.  The accredited teachers use the authorised curriculum of the Sydney Anglican Diocese and Uniting Church NSW/ACT which can be found at the following websites:



The teachers deliver combined SRE with students from a number of denominations being taught as one class.


Catholic Christian

The following is the link to the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay's Curriculum Walking with Jesus:



Special Education in Ethics (SEE)

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/SEE classes are being held, students not attending are located in a separate space and participate in meaningful activities including reading and private study.