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Religious instruction

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​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. 


Religious Instruction is offered at Oakleigh State School for students in Years 1 to 6 and is conducted for 30 minutes each week. Information regarding consent for your child’s participation in this program is collected at the time of enrolment. 
Note: this consent remains in effect unless the parent provides notification with the school office.​ 


Additional information can be found in the links to the right.​ 


There are three options available to our students:  


Option One
 - The Christian RI (CRI) program: Volunteer RI Instructors from local Christian Churches come together to offer “Christian RI”. The program is organised by local Christian church communities. Approved and trained instructors are accredited by these local churches and must follow the CEP Connect and CEP Big Questions programs. ​


Option Two – The Buddhism Program:  The Buddhist Education Services for Schools​ program. The aims and goals of the BESS program​ are:

  • to teach universal Buddhist values
  • ​to enhance children’s ability to better relate to themselves and to others through these values
  • ​provide children with good life skills that will help promote a more harmonious and caring community. 


Option Three
 – Students not participating in either of the above programs will do classroom work independently under appropriate supervision.​​​

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Last reviewed 12 March 2020
Last updated 12 March 2020