Helensburgh Public School

Inspiring all students to be lifelong learners

Telephone02 4294 1332

Emailhelensburg-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Religion and ethics

NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. Approved providers deliver these, where available.

Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture. Special education in ethics is an option for your primary-age child if you withdraw them from special religious education. For more information, visit Religion and ethics.

Special Education in Ethics

Helping children develop skills for life.

Ethics classes support children to develop a life-long capacity for making well-reasoned decisions about ethical issues. Through the give-and-take of reasoned argument students learn to disagree respectfully, to challenge ideas and to support their arguments with considered evidence rather than according to habit or peer pressure.

Our volunteer ethics teachers use detailed lesson materials which present a range of stories, scenarios and questions to generate discussion. Ethics teachers are trained to impartially facilitate student discussions, helping students develop their critical thinking and collaborative inquiry skills. Ethics teachers support student learning by:

  • modelling the inquiry process – by asking questions and encouraging discussion
  • showing genuine curiosity and interest in the questions being discussed
  • staying neutral – ethics teachers are trained to keep their own views out of the discussion
  • creating a positive learning environment – by allowing students time to think, encouraging students to share ideas, give reasons and ensuring

At Helensburgh Public School, a half hour Special Religious Education (SRE) class and Special Education in Ethics (SEE) class is offered to students.

We provide the following SRE class: Anglican and Catholic

The approved provider for Anglican SRE is the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.   The SRE curriculum is available at https://cepconnect.com.au/curriculum

Students not attending SRE or SEE participate in alternative meaningful activities. 

The Special Education in Ethics program is provided by Primary Ethics. You can find out more information about the program from the Primary Ethics Website.