Special Religious Education (SRE) in Government Schools

Special Religious Education

Most government primary schools and many high schools have religious education provided for students. SRE lessons are usually 30 minutes once a week in primary schools. These lessons are presented by authorised, trained and dedicated volunteers from Catholic parishes and other churches.  Families have the choice to send their children to these lessons or an alternative activity.

Special Religious Education (SRE) is an important ministry within the diocese that supports parents, students, clergy and parishes in the religious education of Catholic students attending government schools. Family Ministry Coordinators support this ministry so the developing faith of children and young people is based on sound educational principles and sensitive age appropriate teaching.

SRE is often referred to as 'Scripture' and SRE volunteers may also be referred to as Catechists or Scripture Teachers.

How do I become an SRE volunteer?

Special Religious Education (SRE) teachers are volunteers who are authorised and commissioned by the parish priest to go into the classroom to teach religious education using an approved curriculum.

Successful SRE volunteers have a love for children and communicate well with them. They are comfortable with being on a faith journey with the children and are willing to learn more about themselves and their faith. They will commit to attend classes punctually and regularly.

Volunteers are required by law to have a Working with Children Check clearance and declare they have not committed offenses against children.  There is regular child protection training including adherence to the Diocesan Code of Conduct.

If you are interested in knowing more about becoming an SRE volunteer contact the local parish leader or SRE coordinator.


Would you like to fund Special Religious Education? Donate now. 

  • $10 will provide a workbook for a child for a year
  • $100 will provide workbooks for a small class
  • $1000 will provide workbooks for a small school