Relationships and Sex Education
All Saints Relationships and Sex Education
“Love ought to show itself in deeds over and above words.”
The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola
Staff and Governors at All Saints have adopted the 'Journey in Love' programme to support the non-statutory relationships and sex education throughout the school. The programme of study is authentic to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
A Journey in Love has as its foundational premise the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and, as a consequence, gender and sexuality are God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty and share in the divine creativity. In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self- knowledge. An aspect of the mystery of love is treated in each year 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.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from this aspect of the curriculum however, this is not to be confused with curriculum Science which is statutory. If you are thinking about withdrawing your child from Relationships and Sex Education, we would highly recommend making an appointment with Miss G. Finley (RE Coordinator) or Mrs A. Holleran (Head teacher) to have a chat about your concerns and to view the programme materials before finalising this decision.
If you require any further clarification regarding this aspect of the curriculum please contact Miss G. Finley or Mrs. A Holleran.