Queensland state schools embrace a multitude of cultural,
religious and non-religious beliefs. We encourage all students to grow and
develop as a whole person; in beliefs, values and attitudes. MacGregor State
School respects the background and beliefs of all students and staff by not
promoting any particular set of beliefs in preference to another.
The program consists of a non-denominational Christian
program facilitated by approved volunteers from various Christian communities;
and Buddhism classes with the support of approved instructors from the Buddhist
Education Services for Schools Inc. Religious instructors are required to maintain
accreditation with their faith group, have a current and valid Blue Card and
deliver only the authorised program of the faith group. All instructors
complete Code of Conduct and Student Protection training annually. All
religious instructors are required to follow the advice and directives of our
Principal while on school premises.
When children are enrolled Parents/Carers are briefed about
the Religious Instruction classes currently offered. Parents/Carers are asked
to indicate on their Application for Student Enrolment if they want their
child/children to participate in Religious Instruction or not. Classes are then
timetabled using this information. Children will remain in these classes for
the duration of their enrolment at our school until written advice to our
Principal is received from Parents/Carers requesting a change.
Parents may choose not to have their children attend. Those
students will be scheduled in a separate classroom with teacher supervision.
Students not attending Religious Instruction will continue with tasks related
to various aspects of the curriculum covered by their Classroom Teachers. Such
activities may include, but are not restricted to:
Religious leaders approve the program of religious
instruction to be used by their accredited representatives as religious
instructors. The religious leaders are responsible for the quality of the
religious instruction program that is to be delivered in schools and are
required to screen their accredited representatives, provide them with ongoing
support and training and ensure they are delivering only the authorised
Participants in the Christian Program will be required to
purchase Connect – Infants A1 or Connect – Lower Primary A1.
This is a Bible based curriculum, which discusses biblical stories and
The Buddhism Program focuses on Buddhist beliefs, values and
the life of Buddha.
Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other
instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on
their child’s participation.