Junior students from Normanhurst Boys High School

Special Religious Education

Parents/caregivers in public schools have the right to have their children receive instruction in their preferred religious persuasion, where authorised teachers of that persuasion are available.

A special religious education program is available at the school and is run by Normanhurst Christian Education Association (NCEA). This is a combined group of Uniting, Baptist and Anglican churches within the local area. All of these organisations are on the Department of Education’s list of approved providers. Additional details of the program on offer at the school can be obtained from NCEA. Contact details of the NCEA program coordinator can be provided by the school if required.

Special religious education at Normanhurst Boys High School occurs during timetabled lessons on average once a fortnight. Students receive their SRE timetable at the beginning of each term via email.

Students who are withdrawn from special religious education are supervised in the Library for quiet study, reading or homework completion.

Students continue in the same arrangement each year, unless a parent/caregiver has requested a change in writing. At any time, parents/caregivers have the right to change their son’s participation status in the SRE program. A note to the Principal will affect this change.

Voluntary Religious Activities (VSA)

A number of students at Normanhurst Boys High School voluntarily participate in religious groups, which meet weekly during lunchtimes. In accordance with the Department of Education’s 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 Normanhurst Boys High School:

Participation in VSA

The NSW Department of Education’s Religious Education Implementation Procedures requires parental permission for students who participate in voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools.

Before participating in any of the activities listed below, a student must present the permission slip, signed by a parent or carer, to Ms Bedford in the front office. 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.

VSA groups

Connect (Interschool Christian Fellowship)

  • Time: Friday lunchtime
  • Venue: Room 45 or Drama Room
  • Participating Year groups: Years 7-12

Connect Leaders (Interschool Christian Fellowship)

  • Time: Tuesday lunchtime
  • Venue: Room 9
  • Participating Year groups: Years 11-12 (leaders only)

Both groups are supervised by Mr Tony Jones, Religious Education Teacher.

For further information, see the NSW Department of Education’s Religion and ethics pages.