Today’s Children face challenges in their personal lives that we as Educators and Parents had little experience of, as Adolescents. The society in which they live is fraught with obstacles, which they must negotiate in order to reach adulthood with high self-esteem and a sense of security to ensure they are better able to meet these challenges and opportunities.

At St. Joseph’s Secondary school we are committed to the holistic development of students as individuals, and this is reflected in our SPHE (Social, Personal, Health Education) programme. Out of this holistic vision, which is at the heart of our understanding of education and health, emerges a growing recognition that the social, personal, health education offered to our students is as important as any other area of the curriculum.

This vision and our shared belief in the importance of school as a setting for promoting health while enhancing educational attainment underpins this programme, and provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills and competence to learn about themselves, to care for themselves and others and to make informed decisions about their health, personal lives, and social development.

The SPHE curriculum is spiral in nature, and is presented in ten modules, revisited year-by-year and growing in depth and relevance each time, whilst remaining age appropriate.

These modules are:

  • Belonging and integration
  • Self management
  • Communication skills
  • Physical health
  • Friendship
  • Emotional health
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Influences and decision making
  • Substance use
  • Personal safety

Further details of the Syllabi can be obtained from the Department of Education and Skills at www.education.ie and look under Curriculum, Syllabus and Training Guides.