Religion Policy

SCHOOL POLICY ON RELIGION IS UNDERPINNED BY:

1.1 The freedom of all individuals in the school to religious choice.

1.2 The right of all individuals to practice their own religion and to be free of coercion to join any religion.

1.3 A belief in the broad religious-moral-ethical standards and principles espoused by the Christian tradition.

1.4 Tolerance towards, and acceptance of all religions which have tenets compatible with these standards and principles. 

2. SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES AND RELIGION

2.1 School assemblies which have a religious aspect are acceptable insofar as they do not conflict with clauses 1.1 to 1.4 above.

2.2 While attendance at all school assemblies is compulsory, regardless of individually held religious beliefs, participation in religious activity (e.g. hymn singing or praying) of a faith not personally held, is optional. It is expected, however, that due respect and appropriate demeanour be maintained throughout such activities. 

3. FORMAL APPRAISAL/EVALUATION AND RELIGION

3.1 Wherever feasible/practicable, the school will ensure that its timetables concerning formal  evaluation/appraisal of learners’ work, as well as major, whole-school cultural and sporting activities, take cognizance of the holy days of the various religious groups in the school.

3.2 It will further ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in her appraisal/evaluation outcomes, as a direct consequence of her having observed a religious holiday  or  carried  out a religious practice expected of her by her religion.

4. LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR RELIGIOUS CONSIDERATIONS

4.1 Where parents require that their daughters are absent from school for the observance of religious days, this will be allowed on the understanding that any absence will be motivated/requested/explained in writing by the parent, and that the obligation will be on the pupils concerned to make up any work missed as a result of such absence. 

5. RELIGION EDUCATION

5.1 Religion education will take place in accordance with the National Policy in Religion and Education.  This educations forms part of the learning area Life Orientation.

5.2 No educator will be forced to provide religion education if he/she has a conscientious scruple against the content of the curriculum.

6. FACILITY FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES

6.1 CGHS will make its facilities available for religious observances by any representative faith group in the school.  Such observances may only be conducted outside school hours, may not infringe upon the school’s formal education objectives, and are subject to the conditions that the governing body may impose. 

As far as possible, Collegiate Girls’ High School will promote and enhance understanding of and respect for religious diversity.

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