Barnier Public School

Challenging the Future

Telephone02 9837 1600

Religion and ethics

NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. Approved providers deliver these, where available.

Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture. Special education in ethics is an option for your primary-age child if you withdraw them from special religious education. For more information, visit Religion and ethics.


Barnier Public School offers special religious education (SRE), also known as 'School Scripture'. 

Research has shown that SRE contributes to students’ wholistic education as it nurtures their spiritual wellbeing. For more information about the SRE curriculum visit

School scripture times

Scripture lessons are held each Tuesday in the afternoon session:

  • 1:45-2:15pm for K-2 students
  • 2:15-2:45pm for Years 3-6 students.

Students who elect not to participate in SRE will be supervised by a classroom teacher during this time.

How do I enrol my child in scripture?

When you enrol your child at school you will be given the SRE participation letter to complete and return.

If you wish to make changes to your child's current enrolment in SRE, please notify the office in writing.

Special religious education providers

Combined Christian

The Anglican Diocese of Sydney provides education in Christian beliefs and practices for children of families from various Christian denominations and churches.

Christian SRE teachers at this school are authorised and trained by the following approved SRE providers ( 

The SRE curriculum is produced by Christian Education Publications and is approved by each SRE provider. The curriculum explores the good news about Jesus Christ found in the Bible and the depth of God’s love for people.

Each lesson has been developed to be taught in an age-appropriate manner. Lesson activities are fun and inclusive, and give children the opportunity to critically explore and deepen their faith, pray, and reflect.


Catholic SRE is provided by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. For information on the scope and sequence of the content taught, please visit the Sydney Catholic Diocese website.


Sikh SRE is provided by the Australian Sikh Council of Australia. More information about Sikh SRE, including the authorised curriculum scope and sequence, please visit the Australian Sikh Council of Australia website.

Hindu Dharma

Hindu SRE is provided by the Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia. For information on the scope and sequence of the content taught, please visit the Vishva Hindu Parishad website.