Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education at The Beacon School
What does SMSC mean?
Spiritual - exploring beliefs and experience; respecting faiths, enjoying learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity.
Moral - Recognising right and wrong; respecting the law; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.
Social - Investigating social and moral issues; appreciating diverse viewpoints; participating, volunteering and cooperating; resolving conflict; engaging with the fundamental values of British democracy.
Cultural - Appreciating cultural influences; appreciating the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participating in culture opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.
Opportunities for our students to develop this understanding, include:
- Our School Values and Mission Statement form the basis of everything we do. You can read these by clicking here.
- The House System was introduced in September 2013 to embed the school values and build a sense of community. You can read more about the house system by clicking here.
- House assemblies take place regularly and are delivered by 6th Form students who are House Officials (Heads and Deputy Heads of House).
- Enrichment Programme introduced in September 2013. This is compulsory for Year 7 and 8 students and optional for Years 8 to 11. You can read about the classes offered by clicking here.
- We have established a link with a school in Shanghai and 10 students (plus 3 teachers) have already visited us this year. We plan to take 10 students to China in November 2015.
- The Student Council – students apply to become members of the Student Council and represent the views of their fellow peers. Student Representatives work closely with the Senior Leadership Team on a wide range of school issues, including introducing the House System, Rewards System and new school uniform.
- We are working towards achieving the International Schools Award.
- Subject Departments continuing to develop schemes of learning to identify opportunities for the delivery of SMSC. These include:
- RS visit to a local Church and Buddhist Temple.
- RS has a broad curriculum that teaches about different religions and promotes critical thinking about them.
- RS World Philosophy Day for Year 10 students included various ideas from around the world, including Japanese Aikido, Jewish hospitality and Humanism.
- RS arrange a visit to the British Museum for Year 10 and 11 students.
- PSHCE topics include rights and responsibility, democracy, marriage, relationships, gender identity, drugs awareness and self-esteem.
- PSHCE education provides excellent SMSC opportunities, including participation in a Question Time event at Reigate Council.
- Workshops are delivered by the school nurses and visiting theatre groups cover contemporary issues such as internet safety.
- Science topics include intensive farming, thalidomide, evolution and global warming
- Science competitions with teams from every key stage. The Year 9 team has reached the final of the University Challenge competition.
- Art provides students with the opportunity to investigate art from different cultures
- Issue of the Week has focused on topical news stories. Issues have included:
- National Service
- Violence in Ukraine
- Syrian Conflict
- Sixth Form PSHCE Days
- Year 11 Mentors for Year 7 students.
- Gideon’s Bible Assembly for Year 7 students
- Charity work. This includes:
- Non-uniform day to support Children in Need
- ‘Wear Something Red’ Day to support Comic Relief
- Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign
- Bag2School Charity Campaign
- Sixth Form RAG Week
- Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
- Each House has adopted a charity to support for the year. Various events take place throughout the year to raise funds and the profile of the charity.
- Healthy Schools Award
- Anti-Bullying Silver Award
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
- Bike It Scheme
- Languages Week
- Sports competitions
- National Book Week, including dressing up as your favourite book character day on the Friday.
- Weekly Assemblies which cover SMSC themes.
- Active Tutorial Programme devised by the Pastoral Team. The programme includes Anti-bullying Week, Earth Hour Week, Black History Month, LGBT month, Science Week and National Sports Week.
- Litter vouchers awarded to students who are seen placing litter in the bin. These are exchanged for VIVO points.
- Active Citizen Vouchers awarded to students. These are exchanged for VIVO points.