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SPHE Social Personal and Health Education

Welcome to the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) page.   On this page you will find information on the SPHE course provided in Mercy Mounthawk.  As part of this course, each year, there is an RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education) module, details of which you will also find on this page.



Our SPHE/RSE course in Mercy Mounthawk sits within the general WELLBEING programme of the school.  This programme is outlined in our WELLBEING policy accessible here:  Mercy Mounthawk WELLBEING Policy RATIFIED 25 Feb 2019

Connected to this overall WELLBEING policy, the school has a specific SPHE/RSE policy which outlines the approach to promoting social, personal, relationships and sexuality education in the school.  You can read the policy here: SPHE – RSE policy Mercy Mounthawk 2018



All students in Junior Cycle study SHPE/RSE as part of the WELLBEING curriculum.  This course is delivered in 1 classperiod per year over the three years of Junior Cycle.

SPHE COURSE:     1st Year SPHE and Wellbeing              2nd Year SPHE and Wellbeing               3rd year SPHE and Wellbeing


RSE COURSE:         1st Year RSE                                           2nd Year RSE                                               3rd Year RSE



The NCCA has produed a new specification for a Junior Cycle SPHE short course  as part of the development of the New Junior Cycle curriculum.   Those students in 2nd year (2018) who opted to present a short course  in SPHE for Junior Cycle have extra class periods and content to cover.  The syllabus can be accessed here:




SPHE  COURSE:          4th Year SPHE scheme                       5th year SPHE scheme                                6th year SPHE scheme

RSE COURSE:                RSE 4 year Rel                                       RSE Scheme 5th year                                 RSE 6th year Scheme 



Séamus Whitty of Kerry Life Education working with first years as part of their SPHE programme.

Séamus Whitty of Kerry Life Education working with first years as part of their SPHE programme.