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

Why do some schools jump through hoops to offer SRI - even when it is clearly at odds with what the school community wants? * From Loch Primary school newsletter of 10th June. Special Religious Instruction There was little response from families last week in relation to the proposed Special Religious Instruction program. We would offer one last invitation to parents to indicate whether or not they would like their child/ren to participate in Special Religious Instructions (SRI). We are intending offering SRI to students from 1.30 to 2 pm on a Monday afternoon during lunch eating time and 15 minutes of lunchtime, commencing in Term 3. There will be a fee of $10 per student for this class which covers the cost of materials. Classes will be led by accredited SRI teachers, Mrs. RR and Mrs. HVV. Please complete the reply slip to confirm your child’s participation in the program. Parent Payments can be made in cash or cheque or directly deposited into the school account, BSB 063 515 Account No. 1001 4378 Please use your family name in the description field. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Kate de BruinDear Loch primary school. We apologise for the deafening silence that you heard in response to your SRI invitation. We can see how that might have appeared confusing. Please take this final silence as an emphatic "no thank you". Sincerely, the community2 days ago

Christine PratticoEnough already. They don't want it.2 days ago

Lynette JoyHow is it that they continue to call them 'teachers'?2 days ago

Thomas LefebvreAnd they ask for money as well! Can you think of any other organization allowed to go into a school and ask for their services to be sold by the school administration? This is outrageous, how can this be allowed to happen! I am scandalized that the tax dollars I earn to pay for public education would be literally used to raise funds for the church!2 days ago

Alison CourticeI do like how they are allocating lunch time to it, that is if they get any takers!2 days ago

Kay ClarkeI think it is probably not allowable to take up lunchtimes for "lessons." Lunchtimes after eating time should be for exercise, play and socialization. Worth checking this out.2 days ago

Lynette JoyCould be because they have a Chaplain?2 days ago

Ouisie RogersI suspect it probably has to with the religious views of the principal.2 days ago

Jon MinhinnickNot only indoctrination but billing you $10 for the privilege. Way to go.2 days ago

Brendan White...and again calling them 'teachers'...2 days ago

Catherine WalshThe first I've heard about students being charged to attend SRI. That's worth investigating.2 days ago

Kate RyanAnd cutting in to lunch time, going against the increasing evidence of the importance of play in a childs education2 days ago

Natasha NagyNo I think most schools charge a materials type fee, our school is $5. But it could be $0 and I still wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.2 days ago

Peter BartleyThey have a hide asking for money.1 day ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Another educational scholar speaks out against Religious Instruction in schools. It's becoming patently clear that the consensus among experts is that General Religious Education is what is now needed and the only advocates for SRE/SRI are religious groups and the SRE/SRI providers themselves. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/christian-education-in-schools-deemed-unequivocally-not-suitable-all-faiths-video-6348636 ... See MoreSee Less

Paul Morris discusses new research undermining the arguments of Bible teaching in schools.

4 days ago

Paul Morris discusses new research undermining the arguments of Bible teaching in schools.

Phillipa ToiaVery good video and well done NZ for making this a very big media deal which gets into the homes followed by minds of those who aren't quite sure what is going on, thus enabling people to make intelligent thoughtful choices.4 days ago