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.
As an infant at primary school I regularly attended SRE classes and was genuinely moved by the transparency, honesty, sincerity, gentleness and kindness of one teacher in particular. When in year 9 I dropped out of SRE and was horribly disobedient and nasty to my SRE teacher, although my teacher was patient and gentle toward me. Several years later, after experiencing such things as an eating disorder, Chronic Fatigue and Depression ... led me to have a greater optimism, hope and peace, when I reflected on my experiences in SRE and chose to be a Christian.Emma