R.S.E Policy for Divine Mercy S.N.S School Details Name: Divine Mercy SNS Address: Balgaddy, Lucan , Co. Dublin Phone number: 01 4670689 Category: Catholic, 36 teachers suburban Enrolment Numbers: 556 Introductory Statement & Rationale This policy statement is an approved approach to the teaching of RSE in Divine Mercy SNS, Balgaddy. It was initially developed by Archbishop Ryan S.N.S R.S.E Policy Committee which included two teachers, two representatives of the board of Management, and two parent representatives. It was developed to inform teachers and parents as to what material is covered in the RSE programme with SPHE. It has recently been updated School Philosophy Divine Mercy SNS is a Catholic school and therefore all policies developed are implemented in ways which are in keeping with the ethos of the school. The ethos of the school is stated that we would like to create an environment where children would acquire the necessary knowledge and skill to become independent confident learners where they will develop their self esteem to enable them to express and achieve their full potential. We will endeavour to broaden each child’s experience to help them become well balanced and tolerant individuals with respect for themselves and others. Definition of RSE Divine Mercy S.N.S Balgaddy, Lucan. RSE is an integral part of Social, Personal and Health Education and must be taught in this context. It provides structured opportunities for pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of human sexuality and relationships through processes which will enable them to form values and establish behaviours within a moral, spiritual and social framework. (P.5 NCCA interim curriculum and guidelines for RSE) Relationship of RSE to SPHE Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) provides opportunities for pupils to learn basic personal and social skills which foster integrity, self confidence and self esteem while nurturing sensitivity to the feeling and rights of others. (P.5 NCCA) Interim curriculum and guidelines for RSE Current provision Included in the school curriculum in Divine Mercy SNS is Religious Education ( Alive – O ) SPHE Visits from relevant Health Board personnel including Dental, Visual & Aural professionals. Life Skills/Accord Facilitators Aims of our RSE Programme To help young people develop healthy friendships and relationships To promote a healthy attitude to sexuality and to relationships To enhance the personal development, self esteem and well – being of the child To foster an understanding of, and a healthy attitude to, human sexuality and relationships in moral, spiritual and social framework To enable the child to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, human love, sexual intercourse and reproduction To develop and promote in the child a sense of wonder and awe at the process of birth and new life Divine Mercy S.N.S Balgaddy, Lucan. To enable the child to be comfortable with the sexuality of oneself and others while growing and developing. Guidelines for the Management and Organisation of RSE in our School Curriculum Matters: Curriculum content – The curriculum by NCCA will be followed as published, and will be taught from 3rd to 6th class. An outside speaker will address the “sexually sensitive issues” i.e. puberty, stages of baby in the womb reproductive system, conception birth and sexual intercourse, at 5th and 6th class. All resources used will be keeping with the ethos of the school and the policy and follow the SPHE curriculum. When an outsider speaker is used, the class teacher is responsible for making them aware of school policy and that teacher will sit in during the lesson when required. Organisational Matters: 6th class parents may be invited to attend a meeting at which the RSE programme will be outlined in detail by school and outside school facilitators. Due to the multi-cultural nature of our school, we acknowledge and respect the rights of parents to withdraw their children from aspects of the RSE programme. If children are withdrawn, they will be accommodated in another teacher’s classroom. With regard to matters of a confidential nature, the school cannot take any responsibility for what is discussed in the yard ,classroom or online. However the school may choose to investigate any issue it may deem to be necessary Any teacher has the right to opt-out from teaching the sexually sensitive issues in RSE. It is the responsibility of Board of Management to ensure that the curriculum will be taught to the children by another teacher or an outside speaker. Divine Mercy S.N.S Balgaddy, Lucan. Parents are invited/welcome to view the curriculum and may speak to the class. Review: This policy will be further reviewed in 2017 The current review was undertaken by John Ring (Principal), Sally Brennan (S.P.H.E co-ordinator), Fiona Burke (Board of Management), Joe Walsh (Board of Management), Miriam Carmody (parent), Elaine Lacy (parent) Signed: Fr Eamonn Bourke, Chairperson Board of Management Divine Mercy S.N.S Balgaddy, Lucan.
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