West Wallsend High 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.

Thanks to the support of the combined churches of the Hunter our school is able to offer classes in special religious education (SRE), which is not linked to any specific denomination. The program allows students the chance to discuss, question, think and ultimately make decisions for themselves regarding the Christian faith.

SRE classes are delivered by Lysander Lawrence (provider: Baptist Union of NSW) using the WBCEA Discovery Curriculum on Mondays and Wednesdays. SRE is delivered to Year 7 and 8 students one period per timetable cycle.

Parents/carers can submit their SRE preference anytime using this online form. Paper-based SRE participation forms can also be dowloaded via Our Forms or collected from the front office. After initial enrolment, notification of changes to a young person's enrolment in SRE should be provided in writing to the school using the online or paper-based forms.

During the time that SRE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in a separate space with their usual timetabled teacher. They will participate in meaningful activities such as reading, revision and independent study - completing homework or working on upcoming tasks. Students who participate in SRE will not in any way be disadvantaged regarding their normal class time as the curriculum will not progress during SRE.

For more information, visit Religion and ethics or read our FAQs.