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Religion and ethics

NSW public schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics, delivered by approved providers wherever available.

Religious Education Policy

Please click here to download and read the information for parents regarding Religious Education at our school.

Religious Education Policy (PDF 913KB)


At Epping Boys High School, SRE (special religious education) is delivered on Wednesdays from 8:45-9:15 for all students of years 7, 8 and 9.

N:B Years 10, 11 and 12 start school at 9:15 on Wednesdays.

How SRE works

On enrolment parents/carers will be given the SRE/SEE participation letter to complete and return. After the initial enrolment, notification of changes to a child's enrolment in SRE/SEE should be emailed to eppingboy-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au or if handwritten taken to the front office. You can change the SRE selection of your child at any time by informing us of your current preference of the following options.

Teachers from all faiths come authorised by Department of Education recognised and approved providers. All faiths are required to teach from a similarly authorised curriculum. Each curriculum has been thoughtfully designed in order to be engaging and age appropriate for the students as they progress through their high school years.

For those opting for their child not to participate in SRE, during the time that SRE classes are being held, students not attending will be located in classrooms and will participate in quiet reading of a book of their own choice.

The following SRE options are offered at Epping Boys High School:

1.       Christian Combined SRE functions as a combined arrangement at EBHS whereby all associated denominations participate together using the same curriculum known as “Think Faith”.

All Protestant SRE teachers are provided by local church communities and are authorised and trained by the following approved providers:

Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT

Anglican Diocese of Sydney

Presbyterian Churches of Australia

Lutheran Church of Australia NSW district

For more information on Protestant SRE please visit the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT website. https://nswactbaptists.org.au/baptistsre/

For information on this approved curriculum, Think Faith, including its scope and sequence, please follow the link provided below.



2.       Catholic SRE teachers are provided by the local parish and are authorised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. The Catholic SRE curriculum is known as “Christ our Light and life”.

For more information on Catholic SRE and the curriculum please visit the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney website.



3.       Islamic SRE teachers and curriculum are provided and authorised by Islamic Special Religious Education. The curriculum teaches students to love, learn and live Islam.

For more information on Islamic SRE and the curriculum please visit



4.       Buddhist SRE teachers and curriculum are provided and authorised by the Buddhist Council of NSW.

For more information on Buddhist SRE and the curriculum please visit http://www.buddhistcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BUDDHIST-SRE-Scope-and-Sequence-2018.pdf


5.       Baha’i SRE teachers and curriculum are provided and authorised by the Baha’i Council for South Eastern Australia

For more information on Baha’i SRE and the curriculum please visit.



6.        Hindu SRE teachers and curriculum are provided by the World Hindu Council of Australia.

For more information on Hindu SRE and the curriculum please visit



Voluntary Student Activities of a Religious Nature in Schools

A number of students at Epping Boys High School voluntarily participate in religious groups, which meet weekly during lunchtimes. In accordance with Department of Education policy, visiting group leaders undergo all appropriate child protection checks and practices and the content of the activities is regularly monitored.

Following are details of the voluntary groups of a religious nature, which operate at Epping Boys High School


Inter School Christian Fellowship Leadership         

Run by School Chaplain

Monday lunchtime in the Chaplain's office

Years 10-12



Run by  School Chaplain

Friday lunchtime in C7.

Years 7-12 


ISLAM Prayer group

Supervised by School Staff member

Friday lunchtime C8.

Years 7-12

Department of Education's Religious Education Implementation Procedures, last updated December 2016, now require parental permission for students who participate in voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools. Before participating in any of the above mentioned activities, a student must present the permission slip, signed by a parent or carer, to Mr Bailey. Group leaders will maintain a list of all students from whom a permission note has been received. Permission will remain effective unless a letter of withdrawal is received from the student's parent or carer.

Please download the following permission letter:

During enrolment, you can choose a special religious education option for your child from the school’s available approved providers. You can withdraw your child from special religious education by selecting alternative meaningful activities, or special education in ethics if it’s available.

You can update your preference by writing to the school or through the online form available at participating schools.
Visit the department’s website for more information about religion and ethics.