St. Colman’s R.S.E. Policy

 School Details

Name: St. Colman’s NationalSchool  Address:  Derrinabroc, Cloontia, Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

Phone : 094 9861003        Category:  Catholic, 2 teacher, Rural.

Enrolment Numbers: 31.

 Introductory Statement & Rationale

This policy statement is an approved approach to the teaching of RSE in St. Colman’s  N.S., Derrinabroc, Cloontia. Ballymote Co. Sligo. It was developed to inform teachers and parents as to what material is covered in the RSE programme within SPHE. It was circulated to all parents at draft stage for their input.

 School Philosophy

St. Colman’s 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 characterised by the following:

    • Sensitive to reality of our children’s lives in a changing world
    • Mutual respect between all partners in education
    • Child-centred
    • Aims to ensure each child reaches full potential in the holistic sense
    • Hopes that children are equipped with high self-esteem to enable them to go to live happy and fulfilled lives

 Definition of RSE

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.

Relationship of RSE to SPHE

Social, Personal and Health Education contributes to developing the work of the school in promoting the health and well-being of children and young people.  This happens in the

context of their emotional, moral, social and spiritual growth, as well as their intellectual, physical, political, religious and creative development.

Current Provision Included in the school curriculum in St. Colman’s N.S. is:

  • Religious Education(Grow in Love
  • SPHE

 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 the understanding of, and a healthy attitude to, human sexuality and relationships in a 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
  • 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 in Infants to 6th class.  It will be taught by the teaching staff and for this year only 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 in keeping with the ethos of the school and the policy.
  • In a multi class situation, the younger class will be withdrawn when topics being taught are not age-appropriate.
  • When an outside speaker is used, the class teacher is responsible for making them aware of school policy and that teacher will sit in during the lesson.

Organisational Matters:

  • 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 or classroom.
  • Any teacher has the right to opt-out from teaching the sexually sensitive issues in RSE.  It is responsibility of Board of Management to ensure that the curriculum will be taught to the children.

Dealing with Questions:

  • All questions answered will reflect the parameters of the curriculum.  Certain topics will not be discussed i.e. abortion, masturbation, homosexuality, contraception.  Questions to the teacher may be written or oral within the group setting and answered within the boundaries of the curriculum and policy.  Any questions asked by the children that are judged to be inappropriate, the teacher will refer the child to their parents.  The school cannot guarantee confidentiality if a child asks a question of a personal nature to themselves or discloses personal information.

 Provision for Ongoing Support

    • Parents welcome to view curriculum if they wish
    • Regular contact with parents prior to the teaching of lessons involving “sensitive issues” in the form of the home/school link page accompanying such lessons in the RSE Resource Books ‘Busy Bodies’ OR Contact will be made with parents prior to the address by the outside speaker.


This policy will be reviewed after the initial 12th month period has passed by the Board of Management, and every two years thereafter.  This policy will also be reviewed should a need arise.  Parents and staff will be informed of any amendments made by the RSE Policy Committee.

 Amendments to R.S.E. Policy   January 2012

·     R.S.E. Policy for 5th and 6th classes will be covered in a two year cycle and will be done this year 2011/2012. It will taught in term 2 every second year.

·         The strand unit ‘Myself’ (of the 3rd and 4th classes SPHE curriculum) and the strand unit ‘Birth and New Life’ will be covered as part of the 5th and 6th Class Programme.

  • ·         The Stay Safe Programme will be covered in a two year cycle and will be covered the year the R.S.E. Programme for 5th and 6th classes is not done. The Stay Safe Programme will be taught to all classes in term 2. Parents will be asked to sign their children’s work and discuss it at home.

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