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

While we applaud principals for dropping the divisive and unfair SRI program, we're bemused by the deference repeatedly shown to SRI providers, as if an SRI instructor has more standing than a parent. How about making the announcements about the rights of parents and students? Here's how it might go:"Dear Parents,Following the return of SRI consent forms, 90% of parents have indicated their support for an additional 20 hours of core curriculum per year and their opposition to the religious segregation of their children.I have had discussions with people who have legitimate connections with the school community (parents) and have decided that their interests outweigh those of outsiders who wish to convert students and who have no teaching qualifications and no DEECD-approved curriculum.On the strength of these discussions, I have decided to cease religious segregation at the school and to increase the number of available teaching hours.I have spoken to several other parents and they understand that the decision reached is the fairest option for everyone.Children will be able to continue religious instruction under family supervision, outside school hours." ... See MoreSee Less

20 hours ago

Christine PratticoIf only.19 hours ago

Anne-maria PlevierIf only. And can there be something about vulnerable students not being prey to cults but to get real mental health assistance.19 hours ago

Lynette JoyIt's the same deference that is shown to clergy.19 hours ago

Duchess Phillipa ToiaExactly, why treat these people with reverence?18 hours ago

Lindie ReadParents are often ignored with chaplaincy activities too. Our schools community mentoring program was changed without parents knowledge by our local churches chaplaincy provider to advertise that mentors had to be church members from local churches and were trained by a group called transformation ministries. After reading the scripture unions chaplaincy blog pray pal it was obvious that others had planned to provide Christian mentors only for state schools. Left me wondering why have a religious test with a volunteer program which is a funded partnership between a state school and the chaplaincy provider. We asked why was it changed and why advertise for church members only? The advertising was changed to include community members and to appear to be more inclusive.17 hours ago

Kay ClarkeI think it would be a brave Principal who would stand up the bullying by the Department on this issue. They are between a rock and a hard place because they can't be seen to be using the lack of students/iinterest etc. to get rid of SRI in their schools. The Department and the Federal Government clearly want this to happen to the extent of twice bypassing the High Court. Principals could find themselves with no counsellors for instance and probably think a chaplain is better than nothing. It's a real form of bullying and could affect budgets etc unless they are careful!!15 hours ago

Neil MuirheadWe should have stopped being deferential towards religious people a long time ago.13 hours ago

Pixell McLeodAgreed, Neil. They deserve no deference.11 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

WOW - Here's something we haven't seen before.An SRI volunteer encouraging parents to continue the proselytising for her at home!What a nifty idea.http://www.rosanna-golflinks-ps.vic.edu.au/?wpdmact=process&did=NjQuaG90bGluaw SRI NEWS The student books for the first two terms of Special Religious Instruction – Christian will be sent home this week for all except the 5/6 classes. Going through the book with your child will give you an opportunity to hear about the stories and values we have been talking about in our classes. The student books provide activities that can be done each lesson, but because our lessons are only 30 minutes long, often there is more that can be done in a lesson than we have time for – particularly when we have some really good questions to talk about! So you will notice there are some parts of the book that have not been completed. Perhaps this gives something for children to do at home when they say ‘I’m bored’?! If anyone has any questions about the SRI program, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Cathie Clarke SRI Team LeaderRosanna Golf Links PS. ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Fiona BazBugger that. Send them outside to play with a ball if they are bored. There are better things to do than sit on the butt and learn about rot!1 day ago

Kay ClarkeThat is not on! That school should get rid of that SRI instructor immediately! How dare they intrude into the home as well.1 day ago

Steven PamAt least the parents will get to see the materials. Might make them think twice about returning a consent form the following term!1 day ago

Anne-maria PlevierHmm. The perants might not be coming up with the answers they are expecting.23 hours ago

Alison CourticeI think this is a great idea. Parents usually have no idea what is in RI and have never seen the materials. I took an access ministries student workbook home for my husband to see and he thought it was awful and said it gave him the creeps. I then showed our principal of our local state primary school, the teachers manual that FIRIS obtained and he was horrified and stopped RI at our school.23 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolGreat work Alison22 hours ago

Tom RottllerI am amazed that Cathie Clark haven't suggested that the parents take their kids to Sunday School where they can be taught for at least an hour per week.22 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Latest SRI cancellation exposes absurdity of SRI system in Victoria.Nothing could sum up the reality of SRI in Victoria better than this latest cancellation of SRI.When asked to sign up for SRI parents have again shown that they have no interest in this kind of instruction for their children.However, it turns out that there is a church 800 meters from the school!Guess what? The church can host after school programs" for interested families! This is great news, because all along we've been told that without SRI in the school, that children can not access "religious instruction" ... now we find out that its only 11 min walk up the road. Furthermore, we are informed that "Most of the local churches also offer some religious instruction or kids’ clubs as well".This is a perfect solution. Families who want "religious instruction" can walk 11 min up the hill to the beautiful church which was specially built as a place of worship, and students who don't want to have this religious instruction can simply not attend religious instruction.Everyone wins.Who knew that this was so simple? ... See MoreSee Less

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Jaye ChristieAwesome! And so convenient. Who'd a thunk it?!1 day ago

Tracey AsteroidHell, it is not like there is a church in every town or anything, Oh, hang on....1 day ago

Christine PratticoSo we can get religious instruction from churches now? Wow. And not have to shut down the school for half an hour a week for a handful of kids to do it during school hours? Who would have thought?1 day ago

Christine WorthingtonI think this is the first principal to acknowledge that some parents would feel a great deal of relief. Refreshing.1 day ago

Wendy MorrisNow that gives me an idea, let's maps our schools and churches to add fuel to our argument that it is possible to hand SRI on to the local church...after school hours!1 day ago

Harry GordonBut if everyone did this Access ministries wouldn't be able to fill their pockets with our cash. And we couldn't have that could we.1 day ago

Kay ClarkeIt would be simple if we could convince the federal and state governments but I fear they are not open to reason on this. It's not a vote winner!1 day ago

Duchess Phillipa ToiaI like this principal.1 day ago

Bek StephWow. If only parents at our school realised they could do that with any of the ten or so churches near the school...1 day ago

Ross ClennettI think an economist would be very happy with this excellent example of market forces at work - supply automatically adjusts to meet the drop in demand. No government intervention or resources are needed - the free market works perfectly and both sides have what they need at a 'price' they are prepared to pay. Minister Dixon please take note - it IS this easy.1 day ago

Tom RottllerThat is wonderful news FIRIS.We now have solid evidence that SRI CAN be taught after school at a local church.Every time when some person whom states that children aren't getting enough about God, direct them to the letter and get thir local church to organise an after school class there.It brings to head that SRI was only there for them to simply "sow the seed" which is a form of proselytisation and that goes against the wishes of many of the parents.23 hours ago

Ross BrownleeThy do seem to be dropping like flies13 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolBek Steph - you have a chaplain. That is why you still have SRI. Of the hundreds of schools who have chaplains, only a handful have recently dumped SRI. 95% of the schools on our list who dumped it, had no chaplain. Coincidence? We think not.13 hours ago

Bek StephThat's very interesting. 9 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolThe chaplain will lobby hard at their school to have SRI continued. Furthermore, a chaplain changes the culture of a school community.7 hours ago

 

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