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

As we have already said here, Darrin Morgan from Human Rights Advocacy Australia has been doing amazing work in NSW. So if you are a parent in NSW, please head over to their FB page and offer your support.Here is the HRAA's latest news:Newcastle High School is now SRE free!After concerns where raised by the HRAA, the school went through their records and found that 27 parents had indicated a religion on their enrolment forms. These parents then had a letter sent to them to confirm whether they wanted their children to attend SRE.Out of the 27 students, only 9 consequently ended up attending SRE.In response to the low numbers and in consideration of the cost of employing an SRE teacher, the Newcastle SRE Board has decided to withdraw SRE from the school altogether in 2015.HRAA is also working with other schools to ensure that the right of parents/carers to information as outlined in the Religious Education Implementation Procedures and the Special Education in Ethics Implementation Policy and Procedures is respected in NSW public schools - enabling them to make an informed choice regarding SRE, SEE and all other activities of a religious nature.Great work HRAA.This outcome at Newcastle High School confirms the fact that there is very little genuine interest from parents for their kids to do SRE, especially when they are given adequate information about it.This is what is happening in VIC - where parents are deserting the program, now that the new consent form tells them more about it. ... See MoreSee Less

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Peter RowneyDarrin is certainly a man of many talents, one of which being the ability to not ever sleep.1 day ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Oh and this is Lisa Chesters giving the petition to Kate Ellis. If you look really hard you can see your name!!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Tracey HuttGreat that welfare workers are getting support. However shame Kate Ellis and Labor are are not prepared to stand up for PARENTS who are concerned about the divisive nature of the NSCP which forces Governing Councils to choose 'faith or no-faith' . There should be no such thing as a 'secular worker' in public schools, there should be just a 'worker'. Just because Governing Councils can choose to discriminate doesn't make it right.20 hours ago

 

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