Newsletter December 2018

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the final Quarterly Supporters’ Newsletter for 2018.  It’s been a big few months since our last newsletter, and we’ve some significant news to share.

The work ahead is exciting and continues to be challenging … and we do it all with the support of generous donors – we do not receive a cent of funding from Government or parents. Please consider donating to help us continue our efforts – see below for how.

Bruce Hogan, Chair of the Primary Ethics Board

Change in enrolment process is here

We are thrilled to say that at the end of November, the Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, signed off on a new enrolment process that removes the added barriers that parents of children seeking ethics classes have been forced for years to endure. The simpler process rapidly gained bipartisan support after NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib MP announced in June that the Labor Party would reinstate the ‘ethics tick box’ on the enrolment form if it won the next election.

The steps to enrol a child into ethics have effectively been reduced from three into one. 

This Sydney Morning Herald article explains the change and its implications in more detail. 

We thank the Minister and the Department of Education for working with Primary Ethics and SRE providers to make this change, we also thank MPs from other parties who have supported a fair enrolment process. A huge thank you to you, our supporters, who helped bring about this change over the years that we have been fighting for equality.     

Welcome to our four new directors

4 new directors 2018

The Primary Ethics Board is delighted to announce the appointment of four new directors who will formally join us at our last meeting of the year, on December 12. Each new director brings a unique skillset and experience and we look forward to their input in the next stage of Primary Ethics’ growth.

Please join us in welcoming them:

  • Christina Erskine (Chris): General Manager, Marketing, Sydney Opera House
  • Justine Felton: Director of Social Impact, PwC 
  • Amanda Morgan: General Manager Audit, NAB & Primary Ethics teacher
  • Roger Reidy: Principal of an HR consultancy and former volunteer head of the Primary Ethics Classroom Support Team.

Read their biographies and those of all our Board members here.

Regional conferences offer space for reflection and learning

Conferences were held in Newcastle in July and Wollongong in September and provided excellent opportunities to share a range of ideas from creating quality learning environments to program development both locally and across the organisation.  

Conference feedback:

“To hear the direction of Primary Ethics and having the inside knowledge made me feel a part of this organisation.”

“I learned so much!”

“Useful, practical hints & strategies we could use when teaching ethics lessons.”

South West Sydney research project

Primary Ethics South West schools projectPrimary Ethics is already an option at 13 schools in south west Sydney.  In the first research project of its kind for us, currently under way, we will explore ways to assist planning for the future growth of Primary Ethics in more of the 116 schools in this diverse and rapidly growing region. 

From November 2018 to March 2019 schools and their communities from across the area will be contacted and invited to share their knowledge and ideas through surveys and workshops.  Schools, families and Primary Ethics volunteers, including interested volunteers can register for regular newsletters to keep up to date.

For more information or to receive regular newsletters, please contact: Rebecca Iliffe,

Volunteer of the Year Award

Kotara South team award

Ethics team from Kotara South Public School

Congratulations to those ethics volunteers  and teams who were nominated for 2018 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award by peers, Primary Ethics staff, parents and members of the community. All up we had 316 volunteers and 49 ethics teams nominated across the state!

Great to see this excellence in program delivery acknowledged. 

In the media:

Demand for ethics classes could surge as the NSW government announces policy change St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, 29 November 2018

Primary Ethics needs more volunteers in NSW schools The Senior, 26 November 2018

Primary Ethics Programme New England Focus, 25 November 2018

Bruce Hogan on ABC Sydney Weekend Breakfast ABC Radio, 24 November 2018


PrimaryEthics@Home gives parents and carers background information on the topics taught in class alongside activities and stories designed to help continue the discussion at home. Read our October edition

Thank you for a great year of ethics education

Thank you for your support of Primary Ethics in 2018 – nothing is possible without our supporters. acnc-registered-charity-tick

Could you help us a little more? Click here to donate now to help us continue our work to grow our program.

Looking forward to working together to welcome more children to the program in 2019,

The Primary Ethics team.

Please note: The Primary Ethics office will be closed from Friday 21 December to 9am Wednesday January 2.

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