RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
Did you know?
Tasmanian Government schools welcome students from all religions, races, cultures and backgrounds.
Schools celebrate diversity.
Although Tasmanian Government schools do not teach or encourage religion as part of normal practice, your child can learn about religion if the school community, you and your child, decides it is beneficial.
Learning about religion can be an important part of learning about the world.
Where to start
- If religion is being offered at your child’s school, your permission is required before your child may participate.
- The total number of hours of religious instruction provided at a school in a year can’t be more than forty (e.g. once a week).
- Other activities will be available for children who do not want to participate in the religious programme.
For your child
- Learning about religion is voluntary in Tasmanian Government schools.
- Religious programmes will recognise the diversity of all children’s beliefs and will not discriminate.
- Your child will learn about many different religions.
- Your child will not be told that they must believe in a certain religion or that any one religion is better than another.
- Religion will be taught by a professional in their field who has passed a good character check.
- The programme will be age appropriate.
Students may participate in a religious instruction programme only if:
- You have signed a permission form.
- You know what will be taught.
What is a School Chaplain?
- Your school may have a chaplain to assist in the personal and social wellbeing of students.
- School chaplains support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
- Some of the things chaplains do include:
- providing students and families with support and referrals in times of crisis
- running breakfast clubs
- developing leadership and support programs
- participating in school activities such as sport, camps and gardens.
- Chaplains are not allowed to talk to students about religion, unless the student wants them to.
Where can I get more information?
- Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.
- National School Chaplaincy Programme: Guidelines for Tasmanian Government Schools www.education.tas.gov.au