It seems different schools have vastly different use of religion in day to day classes. Our local catholic, which I attended, apparently still is quite religious. It's mass once a week, religion lessons every second day. And it permeates everything they do and teach. Which is fine, it's a catholic school and religious people have a right to have their children educated in their faith. My only concern with this, is what is all this religion, praying and mass replacing? The curriculum is jam packed as it is. Take out 3 hours of RE, an hour for mass, another hour+ for daily prayers, that's 5 hours a week, almost a full school day!
Others seem quite 'loose' and do very little in the way of religion. I have found the Christian Colleges pretty full on. One we lived near ages ago was under fire for essentially refusing to teach science or evolution in favour of creationism. But they were fundamental Christians.
My kids go to an Anglican private school, the same school I went to as a teenager. The high school had minimal religious input, we did a little RE in year 9 and there would be a small homily at our weekly school assembly. But otherwise it was just a normal school. Dad is a staunch atheist and would never have sent me to a overly religious school. My DD is in prep and has one term of RE (that's all the have to do) and I have to admit it is odd when she comes home and says things like "God created us in His image mum" hahaha I'm like "oh did He really sweety that's nice"!
I went to a private baptist grammar school in Melbourne, I'm not religious at all, neither are my parents (though my dad's parents were baptist). I didn't have to be baptised to go there. It is just one of the better schools with an excellent reputation so that's why they chose it. Sadly my parents wasted their money, I really think I would've done just as well at a state school (I didn't actually go all that well). I hated being at a private school, I just wanted to go to the local state school where all my primary school friends went.
The private school I went to costs about $25k+ per year in today's money. Ridiculous.
Yes. I have found all of the good, reasonably priced private schools have some religious affiliation unfortunately. There is a great private grammar school about 20 mins drive away which we will most likely choose but it is expensive too. Our other option is an Anglican school- still quite expensive but only 5 min drive away and not too religious. I couldn't send my child to a full-on religious school as that doesn't reflect our beliefs, but I'm not against them altogether. Unfortunately it's so hard to find non-denominational schools.
Speak to the schools you are interested in directly, as many will not require your child to be baptised, or even to participate in all religious aspects of that's your wish.
My kids are technically Catholic and go to a catholic school that has mass once a week, sings God-themed songs and reads God-themed stories etc as part of their curriculum.
The school also has children attending who are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and a few small African religions, who are accommodated accordingly.
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