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Relationship & Sex Education
“The whole purpose of education at home and in the primary school is to connect every aspect of growth, physical, emotional, intellectual and social, with love. The ultimate goal is to enable adults to fully love themselves, i.e. accept themselves positively, and in turn to love their neighbour i.e. make themselves fully available to others.”
(Dr. Jack Dominian – Foreword, A Journey in Love)
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is not just learning about growing up, changes and reproduction. It is also about enabling children to make and maintain relationships with others, to understand about human sexuality and to feel good about themselves and the choices they make. This involves helping children to gain knowledge, develop skills and form positive beliefs and attitudes.
At St. Peter’s, RSHE is delivered, via discrete sessions, to all children throughout the school at an age-appropriate level, via a resource called ‘A Journey in Love’ created by Sister Jude Groden. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive and developmental scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, EPR and Science taught in school. The scheme caters for all levels of learning throughout the school. It focuses on friendship, family, community, relationships and spirituality.
“To be made in the image of God means to be a person in a relationship. It is in this context that our sexuality grows and develops from the moment of our conception. From early childhood we are on a journey of exploration of the richness various patterns of relationship offer and the appropriate tokens of exchange that they demand or admit.”
(Mgr. George Stokes – Vision Statement, A Journey in Love)
Click here for a presentation created for parents by the school using materials from the Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Education Service, which explains more about the 'Journey in Love' scheme.