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Religion and ethics


Please see below information from our providers.

Combined Protestant

Christian SRE is education in Christian beliefs and practices for children of families from various Christian denominations and churches. Christian SRE teachers at this school are authorised and trained by the following approved SRE providers Youthworks ( The SRE curriculum used in this school is produced by Christian Education Publications and is approved by each 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.

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


Students explore the Good News about Jesus. They will learn about God’s love in a safe, fun environment. Trained SRE teachers use authorised lessons that are interactive and age appropriate. The lessons are fun and focus on love, goodness and hope which helps to build resilience and faith.. Catholic SRE Curriculum Scope & Sequence and Lesson Names


The Board of Jewish Education provides a structured curriculum for students in Jewish ‘Scripture’ classes. Students are encouraged to feel positive about being Jewish and to identify with the Jewish community. They learn about Jewish holidays, values, synagogue basics, and Israel. Older children also explore ethical aspects of Judaism and explore some areas of Jewish history. Basic Jewish prayers are incorporated into each lesson. Where possible, lessons are also enriched with activities such as demonstration Sedarim for Pesach (Passover), hands-on experiences, craft activities, guest presenters and visits from Jewish youth groups.


Ethics classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making 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, which 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

The Special Education in Ethics program is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from the MVPS Primary Ethics Coordinator

Ethics Flyer


Students who elect to go to Non-Scripture during scripture time will be supervised by a Mona Vale PS classroom teacher.

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.