Derek Robertson with Bogangar assistant principal Cathy Llewellyn.
Derek Robertson with Bogangar assistant principal Cathy Llewellyn. John Gass

Filling religious gaps

BOGANGAR Public School is looking to introduce an ethics program to complement its religious education classes.

Assistant principal Cathy Llewellyn said a group of about 12 parents whose children opt out of religious education were behind the push.

"Over the last 20 years of my career I've noticed an increase in the amount of parents choosing to take their students out of scripture," Ms Llewellyn said.

With a criminal history check, a series of interviews and training conducted by the centre, Primary Ethics volunteers are able to begin teaching skills such as collaborative inquiry, logical reasoning, critical thinking and the capacity to evaluate good and bad moral reasoning in government primary schools.

For the program to run at Bogangar, the school would need three volunteers, one as a coordinator and two to teach the program.

Northern Rivers coordinator for Primary Ethics Derek Robertson said it was important people understand the ethics centre did not go fishing for converts.

"We're not trying to steal children from religious education," Mr Robertson said.

"We're just providing for kids who aren't doing it.

"Although it's embedded in the curriculum, there isn't ethics as a subject at school and kids who aren't getting it through religious education are missing out."

Parents in support of the program should call their local primary school.

Phone Mr Robertson on 07 5599 5419.



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