In accordance with Department of Education policy, Special Religious Education (SRE, previously known as Scripture) takes place at Fort Street High School every Tuesday from 11:50am – 12:20pm. We currently offer two SRE options. Students who do not participate in SRE are given supervised alternative meaningful activities.
Option 1: Christian SRE
Trained and authorised teachers from Petersham Anglican (All Saints) and Petersham Presbyterian (Joshua Tree) Churches seek to engage, guide, and equip students in their understanding of the Christian faith. The curriculum for Christian SRE comes from Christian Education Publications and is called Think Faith https://thinkfaith.com.au
We focus on the things that are common within Christian traditions and encourage the students to raise issues that are real to them. We believe it is important for gifted children to explore issues of faith, theology and Christian living at the level of their secular studies and are very excited to have the opportunity to do this at Fort Street. We hope you can encourage your child to participate.
Option 2: Hindu SRE (new in 2019)
The Hindu Council of Australia was founded in 1998 with an aim to create a strong and unified Hindu community in Australia. Our SRE program provides students with an opportunity to connect with their rich spiritual and cultural heritage. A major focus of these classes is to create a supportive environment for students to experience the benefits of meditation and to explore the Vedic scriptures, such as the Bhagavad-Gita, in a way that is both deeply meaningful and relevant in modern Australian life.
Meditation is a valuable life skill, which can help students to successfully manage their mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. From a spiritual perspective, meditation provides students the opportunity to develop a deep and fulfilling relationship with God and experience the sacred connection between themselves and others.
Hinduism fosters the positive values of respect, tolerance, empathy, determination, resilience and service to others and encourages a healthy, balanced and meaningful life in harmony with community and the natural world.
The program teaches Christian Special Religious Education on behalf of Christian denominations using the “THINK-FAITH” curriculum prepared and approved by the Sydney Archdiocese of the Anglican Church – Australia.