AIMS OF FIRIS

  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run special religious instruction (SRI) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

FIRIS is a parent-driven grassroots effort.  More, you say?

 

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Fairness In Religions In School

Thanks to Parents Victoria for reminding us ... The 1872 Education Act: making education free, compulsory and secular. C'mon Minister Merlino - be a hero for the people - restore our public schools to their secular roots. The time has come. ... See MoreSee Less

This pic says it all. How good is it to revisit history The 1872 Edication Act!

23 hours ago

Natasha NagySo THATS how this country is going backward and is on the path to ruins.22 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

We have received word from a parent at Lloyd Street PS that SRI will not be running in 2015. Only 13% opted in this year. Down from 23% last year. Goodbye SRI. Special Religious Instruction Thank you to the parents who returned the 2015 Special Religious Instruction (SRI) permission slips to the school. Each year schools that are approached by organisations accredited to provide SRI are required to canvas the community to assess the level of interest. It is then my role to determine whether it is possible to provide SRI to interested students within the guidelines set down by the Government. These guidelines state: SRI can only be provided for 30 minutes per week and cannot impact the learning programme for any student for longer than this time. (It must be noted that no new learning can be introduced to students not involved in SRI, whilst their classmates are attending.) SRI students must be fully supervised by school staff during the sessions in a learning environment removed from those students not attending. In keeping with these guidelines it is not possible for schools to provide SRI unless a very high number of students have opted in to the programme. At the closing date for returning the SRI opt in forms this year only thirteen percent of our student body had opted in to the programme. This means that SRI will not be conducted at Lloyd Street in 2015. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Kate de BruinIf there's anything better than seeing a programme ditched due to a drop in numbers, it's watching the numbers continue to plummet2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolIt was running at 64% BEFORE the new consent form - what a difference informed consent makes.2 days ago

Kristine PriorInformed Consent. Well done FIRIS. what a lot of work to make this happen. If parents are informed they will make sensible decisions.2 days ago

Clair WhelanCan't wait until you get going on nsw2 days ago

Kay ClarkeFabulous FIRIS. A big "LIKE."2 days ago