Nicholson Street Public School

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Religion and ethics

NSW public schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics, delivered by approved providers wherever available.

During enrolment, you can choose a special religious education option for your child from the school’s available approved providers. You can withdraw your child from special religious education by selecting alternative meaningful activities, or special education in ethics if it’s available.

You can update your preference by writing to the school or through the online form available at participating schools.
Visit the department’s website for more information about religion and ethics. 

SRE and SEE at Nicholson Street Public School

At Nicholson Street Public School, SRE and SEE is delivered on Wednesday afternoons from 2:45pm - 3:15pm.

On enrolment parents/carers are given the SRE and SEE participation letter to complete and return. After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE/SEE should be given to our school through an email addressed to School Administrative Manager, Jen Makim, and sent to:

Special Religious Education (SRE)

The following SRE classes are offered at Nicholson Street Public School:

* Anglican SRE is provided by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. For more information about Anglican SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please refer to the information on the Anglican Diocese of Sydney website.

Special Education in Ethics (SEE)

SEE classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through balanced argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence. Our volunteer SEE teachers use lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. SEE teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. SEE teachers support student learning by:

  • showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed
  • staying neutral
  • creating space for students to think, share ideas, give reasons and ensuring

SEE is provided by Primary Ethics. For more information about SEE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Primary Ethics website or contact our School Administrative Manager and SEE Coordinator, Jen Makim, in the school office.

During the time that SRE/SEE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in the school library and will participate in meaningful activities such as reading, private study, completing class work or completing homework.