Parent backs school prayers



WHEN Jeff Goodwin heard his daughter's school had discontinued the weekly morning prayer he was upset and disgusted.

His year 5 daughter, Sarah, was also angered with Frenchville Primary State School's decision.

"God should come first,'' said nine-year-old Sarah.

The morning prayer has been phased out for years 4-6 and Mr Goodwin said no parents were consulted about the change.

"They should be involving parents in these matters,'' said the 47-year-old radio announcer.

"The State Parliament has a prayer before it commences. If it is good enough for them it should be good enough for us.''

The prayers are being phased out in line with the new Education Bill.

It is intended to modernise laws governing schools to suit 21st century needs.

Yet, not everyone is opposed to the phasing out of religion in schools.

Paul Jowsey last December complained that his children's Yeppoon state school used the word Christmas too many times in a newsletter.

He said religion of any kind did not belong in a school. He also applauded the school for the controversial decision, calling the move brave.

"I think this sort of thing is inevitable and long overdue,'' he said.

The Frenchville Primary School principal was contacted for comment, but had not replied by press time.

This move, however, has attracted attention from more than just Mr Goodwin's family.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten will discuss the changes at the school on Friday.

"I have had a lot of complaintsto my office about this,'' he said.



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