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
- breakfast or lunchtime clubs
- religious youth groups.
Principals, in their supervision of voluntary religious activities and prayer groups, must ensure that:
- parental permission is obtained
- volunteers coming from outside the school must have a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC)
- the content of activities is monitored
- students or members of religious persuasions do not attempt to proselytise or convert non-adherents of their religion to their faith in the course of school authorised activities.
Is a prayer group part of Voluntary Student Activity of a Religious Nature in School?
Yes. A prayer group is a Voluntary Student Activity of a Religious Nature in Schools (VSA). VSA includes student and/or volunteer led prayer groups.
Are schools required to offer Voluntary Student Activities/Prayer Groups?
No. Principals may choose to allow Voluntary Student Activity of a Religious Nature in Schools (VSA) to operate within their school, when it aligns with local community expectations.