SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education)




Subject Overview

The SPHE programme at The High School directly reflects our ethos which seeks to foster a deep understanding and appreciation of self and other. SPHE as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships through the development of key skills. By participating in the SPHE programme, students will encounter a wide range of issues through a variety of learning experiences. 

The Aims of SPHE:

* To enable the students to develop skills for self-fulfilment and living in communities

* To promote self-esteem and self-confidence

* To enable the students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making

* To provide opportunities for reflection and discussion

* To promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being

 Junior Cycle SPHE

The ten modules are:

  • Belonging and Integrating
  • Self-management: A sense of purpose
  • Communication Skills
  • Physical Health
  • Friendships
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Emotional Health
  • Influences and Decisions
  • Substance Use
  • Personal Safety

Transition Year SPHE

In Transition Year students have one class of SPHE per week. The Modules covered are:

  • Self-Management
  • Substance Use
  • Assertive Communication
  • Relationship and Sexuality
  • Mental Well Being

Senior Cycle RSE

In 5th and 6th Year student receive 6 classes of Relationship and Sex Education. In 5th Year Students are taken for RSE during Mathematics, while in 6th Year students are taken during their V option. The Modules covered are:

  • Fertility and Conception
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Gender Discrimination and Orientation
  • Relationships and Consent
  • Responsible Parenthood
  • Love, Commitment, and Marriage