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

There will be no SRI at Mornington PS in 2015. http://morningtonps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2014/08/Newsletter-No-1-5th-February-2015.pdf SRI PROGRAM The SRI program has been suspended for this year. However the tradition of organising junior and senior Christmas Celebrations will continue in the first week of December. Nancy Matthews [Team Leader] ... See MoreSee Less

6 hours ago

Kay ClarkeEnd of Year celebrations please - multicultural please!!!10 minutes ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Toorak PS has posted their SRI consent form in their latest newsletter, asking parents to fill it out and return if they are interested. But the school has not filled out ANY information in the spaces provided, in order for parents to give informed consent. NOTHING. And they are attempting the use the ONE form to obtain consent for both the Christianity and Jewish programs. Schools must use a separate form for each SRI provider. http://www.toorakps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-26-Feb-20152.pdf "Special Christianity Religious instruction and Judaism will be offered to children at TPS. Please fill out the form below if you wish your children to attend either of these classes." Toorak PS conducted SRI with only a 6% participation rate in 2013. Only 25 students out of 403! It is outrageous to have that tiny number of kids disrupting the education of all the others. This was even before the new consent forms. And we know that it DID continue in 2014. But don't know the participation rate - but it would have been extremely low. We will investigate further, and have a contact at this school. ... See MoreSee Less

17 hours ago

Phillipa ToiaIsn't there a standard official consent form created by the DEECD for this? Or does each school pretty much write up and print their own? I don't get it.17 hours ago

Dave ScottShouldn't their god provide these?16 hours ago

Kristine PriorWhy separate forms for separate religions...isn't that getting just a little picky. I agree that the participation rate is too low to justify running the program.15 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

After dropping SRI in late 2014, Rolling Hills PS is only offering SRI to Prep children in 2015, due to lack of interest. http://www.rollinghillsps.vic.edu.au/images/pdfs/notices/SRI_Parent_Permission_Accomanying_letter_2015.pdf "Religious Instruction 2015 Christian Religious Education (now Special Religious Instruction – SRI) is being offered to students in Foundation for 2015. Due to insufficient numbers in other year levels, it will not be offered to other students this year. Please find attached a consent form for your child’s participation." But it seems they may have already decided to run it for the preps, regardless of how many sign up - "The program will commence at school the week beginning Monday, 2nd March." We concede that the above may be imprecise wording rather than a predetermined outcome, since a) other parts of the letter give parents much more clarity and detail about SRI than some schools offer; and b) Rolling Hills was willing to kick out SRI before. If you're a Prep/Foundation parent at Rolling Hills, please let us know what the result is after Monday. And this sentence sounds a bit dodgy - "We do not want anyone to miss out for financial reasons, so if you would like your child to participate in the program, but are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the office by the due date." ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Louise MelbourneOur school has only offered it to G1 for a number of years.1 day ago

Pixell McLeodAm I right in understanding that here in Qld they're not allowed to run it for Prep?1 day ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolThat is what we think. Can the Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools confirm this?1 day ago

Pixell McLeodNot that it's much better starting at Year 1...after all, they're still unable to think critically about it all.1 day ago

Alison CourticeI can confirm Qld legislation specifically excludes prep year from Religious Instruction.1 day ago

Kay ClarkeSeriously do parents have to pay for an SRI book? So these Access people are allowed into our schools and then are allowed to charge money for their educationally unsound curriculum material. And then parents are asked for their credit card details which could end up anywhere. I assume the money for SR,I if you can't afford it, comes out of school funds??23 hours ago