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James Ruse Agricultural High School

James Ruse Agricultural High School

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Religion and ethics

At James Ruse Agricultural High School SRE (Special Religious Education) is delivered on Wednesday from 2:20-3:05pm.

On enrolment parents/carers will be given the SRE participation letter to complete and return. After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE should be given to Deputy Principal, Melissa Schultz in writing.

The following SRE classes are offered at James Ruse Agricultural High School:

  • Catholic SRE is provided by Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. More information about Catholic SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta website.
  • Protestant SRE is provided by Anglican teachers who are authorised and trained by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, who are an approved SRE provider. Teachers provide education in Christian beliefs and practices for children in Years 7-8. The SRE curriculum used in this school is produced by Christian Education Publications and is approved by the SRE provider. The curriculum explores the good news about Jesus Christ found in the Bible and the depth of God’s love for people. Each lesson has been developed to be taught in an age-appropriate manner. Lessons include activities which make the lessons fun and inclusive for children and young people, and also give them the opportunity to critically explore and deepen their faith, pray, and reflect.
  • Buddhist SRE is also offered. More information about Buddhist SRE please visit Buddhist Council website.
  • Hindu SRE information: Hindu SRE Brochure
  • High school ethics classes are available for Year 7 and 8 students. SEE is provided by Primary Ethics, the single approved provider of SEE to the NSW Department of Education public schools. For more information about SEE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Primary Ethics website

    Further information about Special Education in Ethics (SEE) 
    Ethics lessons support students to develop well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through the give-and-take of reasoned argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence rather than according to habit or peer pressure. Our volunteer ethics teachers, who are trained members of the school and broader community, use detailed lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. Ethics teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. Ethics teachers support student learning by: 
    • modelling the inquiry process – by asking questions and encouraging discussion 
    • showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed 
    • staying neutral – ethics teachers are trained to keep their own views out of the discussion 
    • creating a positive learning environment – by allowing students time to think and encouraging students to share ideas and give reasons. 

Research has shown that SRE contributes to students’ holistic education as it nurtures their spiritual wellbeing. For more information about the SRE curriculum used in this school visit whysre website.

During the time that SRE classes are being held, students not attending will participate in meaningful activities including reading or private study.