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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

Relationships Education

 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is part of the mission of Catholic schools to educate the whole person. It should be carried out as part of the holistic education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for adult life.

 

In order for Catholic RSE to be fully effective it needs to:

  • Be faithful to the Church's vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today;
  • Involve parents as they are primary educators of their child;
  • Provide a positive view of human sexuality and dignity of the human person;
  • Equip young people with the ability to make practical judgments about the right thing to do in particular circumstances;
  • Explore and promote virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity;
  • Be delivered in an age appropriate way which reflects the development of the child;
  • Be part of the cross-curricular work in both primary and secondary schools;
  • Be sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil and recognise the mix of pupils with different sexual orientations, genders and family backgrounds in each class;
  • Be taken seriously by governors and teachers as an integrated part of the broad and balanced curriculum that Catholic schools offer;
  • Be delivered by competent professionals who understand the Church's teaching.

 

A Journey In Love

'A Journey In Love' is the recommended programme of study for all Catholic schools in England for Relationships and Sex Education. It has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Science curricula taught in schools. A Journey In Love has been written by Sister Jude Groden of Brentwood Religious Education Service.

 

As children progress through school, they discover more and more about themselves and the wider world. The thirst for learning new things is fostered by the school, who attempt to create a safe and stimulating environment for learning and supporting all children in their development.

 

A Journey in Love supports children in growing and developing healthy and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships; for this to happen, children must be at ease with themselves and grow in self knowledge.

 

Throughout A Journey In Love an aspect of the mystery of love is focused upon in each group. Children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the primary years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.

 

As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding.

A Reflection

For each of us, life is like a journey.

Birth is the beginning of this journey,

And death is not the end; but the destination.

It is a journey that takes us

from youth to age,

from innocence to awareness,

from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom,

from weakness to strength and often back again,

from offence to forgiveness, from pain to compassion,

from fear to faith,

from defeat to victory and from victory to defeat,

Until, looking backward or ahead,

we see that victory does not lie at some high point along the way,

but in having made the journey, stage by stage.

 

(Adapted from an old Hebrew Prayer)

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