Religious instruction


Religious Instruction | Primary Campus

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) if 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. Any 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. 
Note: This consent remains in effect unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing. 
A description of the RI available is provided below.​

Baha'i Religious Instruction
Aims and goals: The aims of Baha'i RI children's classes are to nutrient the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis of these classes is on helping children to learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles such as love, unity, kindness, peace, and justice to their own lives and those around them, based on the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh . The classes seek to inspire in children a love of God, His Messengers and of humanity in all its diversity.
Lesson structure:  Lessons feature prayers, colouring in virtues lessons, meditation, stories and music for a 30 minute session per week.​

Christian Religious Instruction 
Authorised program: Cooperative Christian Religious Instruction
Aims and goals: The aim of Christian RI is to inform students about the basic beliefs of the Christian faith from a non-denominational perspective.
Lesson structure: Christian RI may involve a variety of up-to-date teaching methods including storytelling, prayer, music, drama, games, quizzes, and puppet shows. Program resources are written by professional educators and are age-appropriate. This occurs for one 30 minute lesson per week.

Islamic Faith Religious Instruction 
Aims and goals: Lessons focus on a theme that centres on a specific action or moral quality and relate that to Quranic stories and daily life. For example, the exemplary quality of forgiveness can be connected to the Story of Joseph and how he forgave his brothers for putting him in a well as a child. Students then describe how they can emulate these examples in daily life.
Lesson structure: 30 minute lesson per week.

Parents of students participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.

Other Instruction
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction within their classroom. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area 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 which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school (i.e. Mathletics, Reading Eggs)
wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student

Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child’s participation.  

Last reviewed 14 September 2021
Last updated 14 September 2021