Parents/carers enrol their children in SRE classes at enrolment through the SRE/SEE participation letter. This letter informs parents about the SRE and SEE options available in the school, so that parents can select the option they prefer.
Detailed information about the SRE/SEE options including the name of the provider and a link to the authorised curriculum can be found on the school website. An example of an SRE/SEE participation letter can be found on the Department of Education Website. An example of a school website with SRE/SEE information can be found here.
The school’s SRE/SEE participation letter will be handed out as part of the enrolment process. The letter is returned as part of the enrolment process. When the school does not hand it out, parents have a right to ask the school to provide the letter. They also can request that the school website has correct information about the available SRE and SEE options.
Parents can enrol their children in SRE at any time of the year. All that is required is the parent notify the school in writing. They can do this by writing their own letter, using the school’s SRE/SEE participation letter or this sample letter.
I have really appreciated having Scripture in our schools. I work in a hospital emergency department; this week one of my colleagues said to me that he was keen for his child to go to school and receive a religious education. My colleague is a Buddhist but was keen for his child to learn about Jesus so that she could decide for herself whether to be a Buddhist or a Christian or neither. I draw your attention to the fact that it is not just Christians who are keen for Scripture in schools to continue.Mirrilee