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.
The providers of Christian RI use authorised program resources and are committed to best-practice programs that have been reviewed by independent curriculum experts. The most popular Christian RI program resources in use in Queensland state schools are: Connect, Beginning with God and Big Questions (all published by Christian Education Publications) and GodSpace (published by Burst Christian Resources).
Beginning with God is a one-year program consisting of 40 lessons that introduces students to the key themes of the Bible and the Christian faith. Children engage with the themes through music, drama, reading and writing, puzzle-solving, drawing and asking questions.
The seven main themes for the lessons are:
- God and his world
- A troubled world and God’s remedy (includes 2 Easter lessons)
- Jesus, God’s Son, is always with us
- Jesus cares for people
- Responding to Jesus and God
- People in God’s unfolding plan
- God’s plan fulfilled (with 4 lessons for Christmas)
See Beginning with God lesson structure (PDF, 78KB)
A variety of curricula can be used, approved by the local parish priest or a bishop. These curricula usually go into much more detail about Catholic tradition and practices such as The Mass, The Rosary, Prayer and Sacraments, rather than a more general instruction based on the Bible and basic Christian beliefs, provided in a co-operative arrangement.
Outline of your Faith Group’s Aims and Goals
The aim of a denominational Catholic program is to inform students of liturgical practice and special feast days associated with seasons of the church year, following the apostolic tradition traced back to St Peter as the first Pope. This universal understanding of the origins of Catholicism is traced back to the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18 ‘you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church’. Catholic belief is based on both Scripture and tradition.
Outline of lesson structure
Catholic RI lessons are based on the person of Jesus Christ and biblical teaching and may include bible stories, drama, music, craft and prayer.
Connect is a three-year program presented across three levels of schooling – infants, lower primary and upper primary. The lessons are Bible based covering Bible history from creation to God's ultimate purpose. Each lesson introduces concepts, themes and major characters from the Old and New Testaments. Lessons also cover key Christian events such as Easter and Christmas. Students engage with the concepts through music, drama, reading and writing, puzzle-solving, drawing and asking questions.
See lesson structure: https://cepconnect.com.au/images/uploads/Connect-scope-and-sequence-all.pdf
Amount of time for lesson per week
Typically 30 minutes per week