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 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

Another school shrugs off a divisive and anti-educational burden. Kalinda Primary School in Ringwood has stopped its SRI program. Congratulations, Kalinda!Please contact FIRIS if you have news from your school. ... See MoreSee Less

12 hours ago

John Van Den AkkerThe opportunity for schools such as Kalinda and others to show SRI the door has been fashioned by the indefatigable endeavour of FIRIS. The walls around the fortress of SRI in Victoria's schools appeared unbreakable but FIRIS have fashioned a battering ram from rational, fair minded, intelligent argument to breach them. The seige isn't over but the tide has definitely turned. It's appropriate to congratulate FIRIS and say thank you.Of course it's the children who are the real winners. That's what this is about.5 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolOnly if they are approached by an accredited instructor.12 hours ago

Chrissey Ní LuachraI so wish this was happening in QLD12 hours ago

Ebony McKennaDo schools have to do this for each semester, or just the start of each year?12 hours ago

Birsen TurkmenYeah team! :)3 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Another one bites the dust.Parkdale Primary has now joined the list.As announced in the newsletter: "We have collated the Opt In forms and have less than half the Prep, 1 and 2 students opting into SRI. Due to the low numbers we have had to cancel SRI for the remainder of this year. If we are approached by Access Ministries offering to run SRI next year the same process will occur and a decision will then be made based on numbers."Thanks to the parents at this school who have happily notified us.We have been told this school sent out the forms twice! And still parents said…nothing.Where is all this strong support you have been claiming to have, ACCESS??? ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Jaye ChristieIt infuriates me that Access is permitted to re-approach a school that dropped SRI the year before. As if admin isn't busy enough without having to waste time with this nonsense. Grrrr!1 day ago

Melissa BriscoeWe have had an electronic notice, a hard copy notice and a reminder in the newsletter. Seriously enough notices!1 day ago

James LaneAdam, you seem to be suggesting that anyone who considers the primary documents about Jesus to be historically reliable is... an insane, gullible, stupid, cult member? I am hoping you are not as naive to think that theist = unintelligent. I would suggest it is posts like yours which get in the way of rational and mature discussion about these issues on the FIRIS page.1 day ago

Lisel ThomasYes, Jaye, and very frustrating that it doesn't seem that the principal can pre-empt the likelihood that SRI won't proceed and choose not to distribute the forms each time they are approached. BUT the system is about a gazillion times better than it was!1 day ago

Carmen StobausFalling like dominoes!1 day ago

Christine PratticoWoohoo Parkdale!1 day ago

Adam ScanlanDisgraceful that it's legal for these nut cases who believe the utterly laughable stories of ancient peasants to indoctrinate children into their cult. How is it that we're behind the US in this regard?1 day ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Lloyd Street Primary School (Malvern East) is the latest to dump SRI, due to lack of interest.As announced in their newsletter today:Special Religious Instruction (SRI) Thank you to the parents who returned Special Religious Instruction permission forms indicating whether or not they would like their children to participate in the programme at Lloyd Street. As I mentioned in previous newsletters, recent changes to the Ministerial Direction meant new supervision expectations for SRI. Consequently we needed a very high number of students to opt in for the programme to continue. As we only had around one hundred and fifty students (out of 542 total) express interest in participating in SRI, the programme will no longer be provided at Lloyd Street. Should you wish to discuss this decision or any aspect of the Ministerial Order, please fell free to contact me.Congratulations. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolIf you're talking about the Biblezine Bill Mackay, that helped, but was not all. We are actually sitting on something more outrageous to do with the Biblezine incident, but are waiting on an FOI request first. Watch this space.1 day ago

Krista WilsonI seem to recall a map showing all the schools offering SRI. Can we have some kind of "dropping the program" chart? I'm hoping that this will gather momentum and we'll see schools dropping SRI like a hot potato.2 days ago

Bill MackayBill Mackay I'm vicariously thrilled for your success in Victoria. How can we achieve the same in NSW?2 days ago

Kate de BruinAnd down they go!2 days ago

Roger HoggLooks like a universal 1:5 one in five ratio. I expect all schools have this number wanting in.1 day ago

Birsen TurkmenThey're just tumbling like Dominos! Way to go! :)1 day ago

Dean CunninghamAnd another one bites the dust. Fantastic news, keep up the good work.1 day ago

James LaneFiona, I think you may have misunderstood the situation. SRI providers have not stopped desiring to teach SRI (due to a lack of funding or for any other reason). SRI will not be running at these schools for at least the next 6 months on the basis of each Principal's decision. So your comment about the SRI providers being hypocrites I don't think is accurate in this situation.1 day ago

Duchess Phillipa ToiaYes, I think there needs to be some connection with your NZ version.2 days ago

Alison CourticeHow many is this now that have dropped SRI that you know of?2 days ago

Vincent BeeroadFantastic! Murrumbeena and now Lloyd St, it's awesome. I am in Caulfield Junior College, I hope we can be next.1 day ago

Fiona BazBunch of hypocrites. I would've thought even if participation was low it would go ahead. But it is obviously about money and not god. Scripture (SRI) in my day was taught by one of the mothers. It was volunteer position.2 days ago