Voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools (VSA) are any activities of a religious nature, including those provided by religious organisations. VSA is not part of special religious education (SRE) and is not part of the curriculum. VSA operates under the auspices and supervision of the principal.
- student and/or volunteer led prayer groups
- student and/or volunteer led discussion groups of a religious nature
- breakfast or lunchtime clubs
- talks organised by visitors of religious organisations
- distribution of religious materials to students, when it supports local community expectations.
Principals, in their supervision of VSA must ensure that:
- parental permission is obtained
- appropriate child protection checks and practices in relation to any volunteers coming from outside the school (see Appendix 10 in the WWCC Policy)
- the content of the activities undertaken are monitored
- an attendance register for all students participating is maintained
- students or members of religious persuasions do not engage in attempts to proselytise or convert non-adherents of their religion to their faith during school authorised activities. Proselytising or converting non-adherents refers to behaviours intended to put pressure on students who do not have permission to participate in VSA.
The Other activities of a religious nature in schools (PDF 254KB) document outlines the responsibilities for schools for religious activities outside of SRE.