Special Religious Instruction - Helping Students Thrive

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12 September 2022

When you think of what contributes to students’ thriving, do you think of Special Religious Instruction (SRI)?

Students who thrive have a positive sense of individual and community identity; they belong. These identities are supported and respected both in their families and in the community.  

When we think about thriving, we can do no better than to look to see what the Bible says about this. For example, Proverbs 3: 18 says, ‘Wisdom is a life-giving tree, the source of happiness for all who hold on to her.’ (CEV). In chapter 16 we read, ‘Kind words are like honey— they cheer you up and make you feel strong,’ and finally in chapter 17 we read, ‘You will keep your friends if you forgive them, but you will lose your friends if you keep talking about what they did wrong.’

SRI gives students an opportunity to connect with others in their wider faith community as well as to connect with their family’s cultural heritage. SRI demonstrates that these students’ cultural heritage is supported and respected.

One parent recently commented that their child loves singing the SRI songs both in SRI and at home; maybe the songs cheer them up and make them feel strong! 

Thank you to our wonderful, resilient and committed volunteers who give of their time, talents and resources so that students may benefit from the learning, support and modelling offered by an SRI Program. Thank you to the Department of Education and Training for enabling SRI to contribute to the wellbeing and thriving of school communities.