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Religion and ethics

Greenwich Public School provides SRE or SEE in the following options:

Special Religious Education (SRE): Combined Christian SRE

Christian SRE is provided by SRE teachers from different Christian denominations and churches. The approved provider in this combined arrangement is the local parish St Giles Anglican.  All Christian SRE teachers are authorised and trained by an approved provider.

The Christian SRE curriculum is authorised by the Archibishop of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. The curriculum is based on Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture and can be found at Christian SRE engages students in conversations as they question life, explore values and discover faith.

Special Religious Education (SRE): Catholic SRE

Catholic SRE teachers (also known as Catechists) are authorised by the local parish and trained by the Diocese of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic SRE curriculum is approved by the Bishop of the Diocese in liaison with religious education experts. Lessons include activities that are fun and inclusive for students, whilst also providing them the opportunity to critically explore in depth their faith and to pray and reflect. For more information about the Catholic SRE curriculum go to

Catholic SRE teachers engage young people in hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ and learning the key elements of our Christian life and culture

Special Religious Education (SRE): Baha'i SRE

Baha’i SRE is provided by The Australian Baha’i Community.  More information about Baha’i SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit The Australian Baha'i Community 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. You can find out more information about the program from the Primary Ethics website.

During the time that SRE/SEE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in a separate space and will participate in meaningful activities like reading or drawing 

Bites - online ethics

Ethics lessons aren't able to be taught in school at the moment - but there is an online alternative based on the Primary Ethics curriculum.

Bites are short stories that present ethical dilemmas designed to get children practising their skills of close listening and careful reasoning.

There are Bites for K-2 and for Y3-6. They come with notes for parents/carers and are available to all children.

A completely new series of Bites for Term 4 is now available:

Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture.