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PSHE and Citizenship at St Augustine’s

The team    Aims of the department    Information by years    How can I help my daughter?    Career progression    Trips and activities

At St Augustine’s Priory, PSHE and Citizenship is delivered through the curriculum and is an implicit part of the pastoral support and disciplinary system in the school. It is considered to be the curriculum context for the personal and social development of the individual, and underpins the whole education process. The focus is on the development of the ‘whole’ person – leading and stimulating them to develop their full potential – intellectually, physically, socially spiritually, emotionally, morally and aesthetically. It reflects and supports ‘Helping Children Achieve More’ and is closely interwoven with the teachings of the Catholic Church. PSHE allows for personal growth through a planned educational programme which enables the pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. These activities, both inside and outside the classroom, are valuable learning experiences and allows pupil to develop their sense of self-worth as well as teaching them about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.


The Team

Mrs Tippen - Head of Department

All form teachers

We are also fortunate to include the Form teachers as part of our team.

Form III – Miss Dolan and Miss Gibbs

Lower IV – Mrs Harley

Upper IV – Mrs Gill and Mr Elder

Lower V – Miss Akers and Miss Hagerty

Upper V – Mrs Mc Dermott and Miss Trybuchowska


Aims of department

Aims:

  • develop personal autonomy by encouraging self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • allow pupils to understand and value themselves as individuals and as responsible and caring members of society in line with Gospel Values of Truth, Justice, Compassion and Forgiveness;
  • understand what makes for good relationships with others, to develop a whole variety of relationships and adopt appropriate behaviour;
  • enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law;
  • assist pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultures and religions;
  • encourage tolerance, respect and sensitivity towards others;
  • ensure that pupils appreciate racial and cultural diversity and avoid and resist racism;
  • help develop independent and responsible members of the school community, in preparation for social and economic independence in later life;
  • understand the role of public institutions and services in England;
  • be positive and active in their attitudes to school life;
  • understand that they can make a contribution to their community and to recognise the value of their involvement;
  • be aware of safety issues;
  • know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
  • develop awareness with regards to their personal hygiene and taking care of their bodies, including issues such as smoking and drugs.

Information by years

KS3:

In Key Stage 3, PSHE and Citizenship is delivered in a weekly PSHE lesson using resources that have been put together that are relevant to the specific year group.  PSHE and citizenship continues to be a cross-curricular subject, and links are often made between PSHE and academic subjects.  In Keys Stage 3, pupils also get more involved in projects that help build their PSHE and Citizenship knowledge.  The topic sections that are covered are:

  • School ethos, values and attitude
  • Relationships and resolving conflict
  • Personal hygiene
  • Personal and public safety
  • Pressures
  • Bullying
  • Study skills – how good are your study habits?
  • Independence and responsibilities
  • Respecting others
  • Puberty, health and self-image
  • Drugs
  • People who have made a difference
  • Citizenship

KS4:

In Key Stage 4, we continue to build on knowledge the pupils have been exposed to throughout the school.  It gives them a wider sense of real issues that surround our world and what they can do to help.  This allows them to get involved in many charity organisations to put their knowledge to good use.  Their knowledge continues to grow in the weekly PSHE and Citizenship lessons.  The topic sections that are covered are:

  • Taking a stand - Citizenship
  • Society problems – disability and homelessness
  • Organ and blood donation
  • Help – helping other
  • Culture and kinship
  • World issues – refugees, poverty, water poverty, HIV/AIDS, trade, debt and world debt
  • Natural disasters and Global warming
  • Jobs
  • Study skills

KS5:

There is a more informal approach to PSHE and citizenship within Key Stage 5.  The pupils are actively encouraged to participate in a range of activities, both locally and further afield.  They volunteer for many charities, which helps open their eyes to the world around them.  They also participate in the ‘Pygmalion Project’, which exposes them to many areas of interests and life skills.


How can I help my daughter?

KS3, KS4 and KS5:

Your daughter is exposed to many topic areas in PSHE and Citizenship.  We would encourage you to maintain a dialogue with your child about topics and issues that come up in PSHE.  They may have questions and by opening these lines of communication, it will enable your child to feel that any topic may be discussed with an open mind. 

We would also encourage you to expose your child to many different experiences, both academic and non-academic, to widen their interests and make them more independent and knowledgeable about the world around them.


Career progression

A range of opportunities are open to students to further develop their understanding of themselves and the world they live in. By learning these skills and knowledge at St Augustine’s they are able to transition into many different career choices, feeling confident and passionate about whatever they may choose to do.


Trips and Activities

Senior school:

In Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 we also have a mixture of trips that are presented to the pupils.  We also have various speakers coming in.  Some examples of both of these are:

  • Day and residential trips - High Ashurst for Form III, Leadership trip for the Sixth Form
  • Ten Ten Productions – Present various topics from Lower IV to Lower V
  • Study skills workshops – Upper IV and Lower V
  • Careers evening – Upper V and 6th Form
  • 6th Form Pygmalion project
  • Your Life You Choose day – Form III