Andrews Government BANS Christmas Carols

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Students at Victorian government schools will be

STOPPED from learning or singing a wide selection

of Christmas carols under new guidelines

issued by the Andrews Labor Government.

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said under recent Ministerial instructions issued by the Andrews Government, principals have been told that students will not be able to participate in singing any “praise music” that includes praise of a god or a religious figure, if the singing is organised by school volunteers.  “

“As well, teachers will only be able to teach carols if it is done as part of a wide-ranging “general religious education” curriculum that covers different religions in Australia and around the world. “Accordingly, principals will be required to ensure that children are not taught to sing carols such as Silent Night, Away in a Manger or We Three Kings during school carols or pageants, as these welcome the birth of Jesus Christ.”

Mr McCurdy said the Victorian Coalition shares the concerns of many Victorians regarding this new policy direction. “We are an inclusive community but our history and our sense of community spirit is being taken away by this ban,” he said.

A petition calling for the Andrews Government to reverse this decision and allow students attending government schools to sing traditional Christmas carols can be signed at Mr McCurdy’s electorate office, 15 Murphy St, Wangaratta. “I want Daniel Andrews to listen to Victorians and reverse this terrible decision,” Mr McCurdy said. “We need to show how important this issue is to families in our local area. With this petition we can put pressure on Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government to reverse this decision.”

Media contact: Tim McCurdy 5721 6155

 

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