SMSC is the provision of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development for Newquay Tretherras students across Phase One. The SMSC Department aims to link the learning of students across their subjects with the realities of a fast changing world. We provide students with a safe and secure learning environment where they can explore a range of real-world issues and concerns. Students receive one hour of SMSC every week.
In year 7, students explore topics such as their self-esteem and Identity, working and living as part of Communities, Citizenship and Democracy, British Values, and Healthy Lifestyles. We offer a module about Puberty as part of a five-year programme of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Students will also undertake a poster competition as part of our anti-bullying programme. Lessons are linked closely with the school’s NT Character programme.
In year 8, students start to explore ideas in connection with Jobs and Careers, Disability, Self-Esteem and Mental Health, and Human Rights / British Values. Students will continue with the programme of RSE, whilst also starting on a detailed programme of Drugs and Alcohol Education.
The SMSC Department is central to the NT Character development programme, working closely with the Year 7 and 8 pastoral teams. In year 7, students undertake a series of mini challenges leading up to the experience of Junior Camp during Activities Week. In year 8, students compete for the Tretherras Way Challenge Cup by undertaking team and individual competitions to win points for their House and Tutor Group.