Social, Personal and Health Education

As part of the The Department of Education curriculum, your child will be woking through a programme of Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.)

This provides opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the individual child, to help him/her to create and maintain supportive relationships and become an active and responsible citizen in society.

As your chiild progresses the the SPHE Programme, he/she will encounter a wide range of issues. These will include substance misuse, relationships, sexuality, child abuse prevention, prejudice and discrimination.

N.B. All areas of this curriculum are approached in an age appropriate manner which is suitable for your child as determined byt he Department of Education.

You may wish to discuss the programme from time to time with your child. A copy of your child’s class programme is available for viewing if you wish. Please make an appointment through the Secretary to discuss it with the class teacher.

National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB)

As you know the DES requires us to report all children’s absences in excess of 20 days. From January 2010 the BOM will issue a formal letter to all parents whose children fall into this category. The BOM will also issue a letter to parents if their child’s absence has reached 15 days or more. Any missed days will almost certainly affect a child’s progress and, should absences be frequent, it may be possible that your child will not be ready to progress to the next class at the end of the school year as he/she will have missed too much of the class curriculum. We understand that children are sometimes ill but these days are still counted towards the maximum of 20. This is beyond the control of the BOM. NB: A note must be sent in following every absence.