Religious instruction


​Queensland state schools embrace a multitude of cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs. Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, schools are to provide Religious Instruction (RI) if approached by a faith group seeking to provide RI and students of that faith attend the school.

RI informs students about the beliefs and values of a particular religion. It is delivered by volunteers of a faith group using instructional materials approved by that faith group. RI is required to be consistent with legislation and Department of Education policies and procedures.

All RI instructors must hold a blue card and participate in compulsory Student Protection and Code of Conduct training. RI instructors are only entitled to deliver the RI program outlined below. A school staff member will be present during the delivery of RI.

Participation in RI is not compulsory. Any student (except Prep students) may participate in RI if a parent has provided written instructions to the school.

Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for student enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.

Note: This consent remains in effect unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.

A description of the RI available is provided below.

Combined Churches Religious Instruction

Participating faith groups: Anglican, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist Church, Cairns Community Church Christian Brethren, Elevation Church International Network Church, Cairns Family Church CRC Churches International, The Lakes Church, Presbyterian Church,Uniting Church, North Church Cairns UCA, Northpoint Church International, Salvation Army, Citywide Christian Fellowship. Victory Life International, C3 Church Cairns, Methodist, Living Light Gospel, Free Reformed Church, Seventh Day Adventist

Authorised program: “Beginning with God", “Godspace" and “Big Questions"

Aims and goals of the program:

  • To provide a place for children to engage with God's word and respond, learning how to talk to God, sing to and for Him, and experiencing God's love.
  • To build the foundational truth that knowing God is more than knowing Bible stories.  Knowing God is about relationship.
  • To provide Bible based, relationship-building, relevant and engaging lessons introducing Jesus to children.
  • To take children on a journey from little understanding into a deeper experience of God and His love for us and all people.

Lesson structure: 1 hour per week – Monday's from 2pm.

Parents of students participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.

Other Instruction

Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include:

  • personal research and/or assignments
  • revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school (i.e. reading eggs, soundwaves)
  • wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student


    Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child's participation. 



Last reviewed 24 August 2021
Last updated 24 August 2021