BANNING PRAYER: Campaigning for the banning of the prayer are (front from left) Zari Walters, 13, Keira Walters, 16, and Shan
BANNING PRAYER: Campaigning for the banning of the prayer are (front from left) Zari Walters, 13, Keira Walters, 16, and Shan

P&C to discuss the place of prayer in school

By HANNAH ROSS and RENEE REDMOND

DEBATE over a prayer recited for 20 years by students at Lennox Head Public School will be taken up next week by members of the school's P&C Committee.

Use of the prayer has been suspended since parent David Orlowski complained that it had no place in a secular school.

His stance has sparked huge debate within the school community and the letters pages of The Northern Star over the place of religion in public schools.

It is understood the Committee will discuss the future of the prayer when it meets on Tuesday night.

According to NSW Department of Education and Training spokesman Sven Wright, the P&C committee could make a recommendation to school principal John Bryen regarding the prayer.

Mr Wright said any recommendation would be informed by results of a school survey, which showed 71 per cent of parents supported the prayer either in its current form or with modifications.

But only 79 parents from the school of more than 300 students responded to the survey.

The president of the P&C Committee did not return The Northern Star's calls yesterday.

Mr Orlowski said the prayer debate was bigger than the school.

He said he sent information about the prayer to the Minister for Education Carmel Tebbett.

Ms Tebbett has passed the information on to Deputy Director General Trevor Fletcher.

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