PSHE / Life Matters

As St Catherine's our own Life Matters courses address topics and issues from the PSHE curriculum.  Life Matters at St Catherine's seeks to equip our students with balanced and accurate information with which they can make good choices for life, and forge happy and healthy relationships, both now and in the future.  

U4 Self Care and Wellbeing Day, March 2020

In March the U4's had an off-timetable, day following up on their work in lessons on Self Care and Wellbeing.  During the day the girls had a special boarders style full breakfast, lectures from our Resident Psychologist on the Science of Self Care, and a selection of taster activities with a self care theme. Girls opted for gardening, gratitude journaling, yoga, plogging, mindfulness, Couch to 5K, juggling, board games, Scottish reeling, jigsaws and many others. It was wonderful to see the girls try new things, have fun, and learn that self-care is essential for happiness.

Changes in preparation for new legislation starting in 2020

We are very proud of our existing program, and new legislation coming into effect in September 2020 for PSHE gives us exciting opportunities to review our Life Matters curriculum further. The new government mandatory requirements for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education covers much familiar content, and also contains updated guidance on the teaching of Mental Health. A significant difference is the new requirement to assess student progress, and we will be leveraging some of our favourite digital tools (Kahoot, Quizizz, Google Forms, Kialo etc.) to achieve this in an engaging way in class time, without adding to student workload. 

Through the academic year 2019-2020 we will be consulting parents and students, and piloting some new courses and content, to ensure St Catherine’s girls continue to receive the very best PSHE /Life Matters education.