Religious Instruction is offered at Gladstone West State School for students in Year 3 to Year 6 for those students with permission. Please see below for more details about our Religious Instruction program.
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. At Gladstone West State School, students in Year 3 to Year 6 may participate in RI if a parent has provided written instructions to the school.
A description of the Religious Instruction available is provided below:
Participating faith groups: Anglican Parish of Gladstone; Anglican Church Tannum Sands; Australian Christian Church – Lifestyle Church Gladstone & Calliope; Australian Christian Church – Port City Christian Church; Gladstone Baptist Church; Catholic Churches; Churches of Christ; International Network of Churches; Australia - Transformation Church; Lutheran Church; Presbyterian Church; Gladstone Corps; The Salvation Army; Australia Eastern Territory; Uniting Church Gladstone; Uniting Church Tannum Sands; Seventh Day Adventist Church; Australian Christian Church – My City Church
Authorised program: Godspace
Aims and goals of the program/s:
Lesson structure: 20-30 minute lesson once a weekOther Instruction
- For students to explore that for many people throughout the world, there is a religious dimension to life;
- To promote tolerance and respect for religious diversity;
- To engage with God's word, which for Christians is the Bible.
Students who are not participating in Religious Instruction will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction will 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
- wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student