John Aquilina to Chair the Inter Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools


John Aquilina ICCOREIS News Story
John Aquilina. Photo: Virginia Knight

The Hon John Aquilina AM has been elected unanimously to the role of Chairperson for the Inter Church Commission of Religious Education in Schools (ICCOREIS) at its recent Annual General Meeting.

The members of the Commission make up a diverse range of Christian denominations, representing around 80 per cent of Special Religious Education (SRE) providers in NSW.

Mr Aquilina comes to the role with almost 30 years of experience as a member of the NSW Parliament.

He was a Minister for eleven and a half years, including six years and seven months as Minister for Education and Training.

Mr Aquilina was appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, and in 2007 was made Leader of the House.

Mr Aquilina is a committed Christian with a passion for quality Public Education. He taught History and English in NSW public Secondary Schools for ten and a half years prior to his entering Parliament.

Mr Aquilina currently serves as a member of the CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta (CCSS) Council, Chairman of the Blacktown Catholic Pastoral Working Party and a member of the Parramatta Diocesan Schools Council.

In taking on the role of Chairperson of ICCOREIS, Mr Aquilina aims to ensure "that the contribution made by Christian Churches to the Department of Education and Communities (DEC), through the provision of Special Religious Education in NSW is appropriately recognised and celebrated as a strength of Public Education".

ICCOREIS Board Member Jude Hennessy described the nomination and election of the former Education Minister, Teacher and Member of the Teachers Federation, as "a most significant event in the 40 year history of ICCOREIS".

"Mr Aquilina will combine his sound knowledge of Public Education with a passion for ensuring families have access to a broad, robust curriculum framework which includes choices enabling formation in the faith of their family via Special Religious Education (SRE) in Schools," Mr Hennessy said.

ICCOREIS looks forward to ongoing engagement with the Government, DEC and all providers of SRE, utilising the skills that Mr John Aquilina will bring to the role of Chairperson of ICCOREIS.

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