Enrolling in SRE Special Religious Education The enrolment form Parents need to identify which religion they choose for their child on the school ENROLMENT FORM. If you choose “No Religion” then your child will not attend Special Religious Education (SRE) classes. SRE and your Child For the SRE classes available at this school see the back of the SRE and your Child pamphlet. SRE and GRE Christian Special Religious Education (SRE) classes introduce children to Jesus, the Bible and Christianity. Children learn about other faiths and cultures in General Religious Education (GRE) which is part of normal classroom lessons. Why choose SRE? There are many benefits of choosing SRE Benefit 1: Education SRE helps parents educate their children in matters of faith. SRE encourages children to embrace the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you. SRE teachers model what it means to live according to a faith. Benefit 2: Spirituality SRE classes are a place to ask the spiritual questions like: Is God real? Can I see God? Sometimes parents and classroom teachers feel ill-equipped to answer these questions. Benefit 3: People of faith SRE teachers are generally enthusiastic volunteers loving and respectful – good people for children to spend time with. Benefit 4: Bible Literacy Bible stories enrich our understanding of the English language and literature explore the geography and history of the Middle East illustrate the Christian values underlying Australian society. Benefit 5: God’s love The words of the Bible are known to bring comfort and challenge. They are heard at Anzac Day services, funerals and weddings. During SRE lessons children will deepen their understanding of God’s love for them. Benefit 6: Prayer Children learn about prayer. Other than church or Sunday School, which many children don’t get a chance to experience, SRE classes are a place where prayer can take place naturally as part of the lesson. Who are the teachers? SRE teachers are volunteers. Some are priests, pastors and ministers. All SRE teachers are members of local churches, often working together to teach a whole school. It is a requirement that SRE teachers have child protection training. What do the children learn? The basics of the Christian religion. They will hear the main stories of the Bible during their years in primary school. Most teachers use educational curriculum professionally produced by church agencies. Lessons include activities such as: Music and drama Storytelling and puppets Colouring in, puzzles and games. How do I find out more? You are welcome to ask the SRE teacher. You can look at the material on display today. You can attend special assemblies at Christmas and Easter.