Sexuality education is a key area of learning in The Health and Physical Education Curriculum.
This means that it must be included in teaching programmes at both primary and secondary school levels, using the strands and achievement objectives outlined in the curriculum document.
Sexuality education in schools provides students with opportunities to develop:
* knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to sexual development - physical, emotional, and social;
* knowledge, understanding, and skills to enhance their sexual and reproductive health, for example, knowledge about the process of conception and the skills to make decisions that maintain and enhance their sexual health;
* personal and interpersonal skills and related attitudes, including
* the skills needed to examine people’s
attitudes, values, and beliefs and their rights - and responsibilities
* attitudes of respect for themselves and other people
* attitudes of care and concern for themselves and other people
* effective communication skills
* problem-solving and decision-making skills
* understanding and skills to enhance relationships, for example, in relation to friendship, love, families, and parenting.
The Sexuality part of the Health curriculum is compulsory in Years 9 and 10. If you do not wish your son to be part of the programme when it is being covered then you must write a letter to the Rector explaining the circumstances.
Year 9 will start the programme in Term 4.
Year 10 will start the programme in the middle of Term 3.
HOD Physical Education and Health