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HEALTH EDUCATION: YEAR 9 AND 10
JUNIOR SEXUALITY EDUCATION
Year 9 and 10 Health classes will begin their sexuality education later this term.
Year 9 classes will begin the sexuality unit of work in either week 7 or 8 (depending on when they finish the Y9 Drug unit of work, which is being done currently). The first sexuality topic is ‘puberty’ which, for most students, will be revision of the work done in their intermediate schools. Later topics in the unit are relationships, contraception, STI‟s and reproduction.
Most Year 10 classes will begin their sexuality unit in weeks 6 or 7, again dependent on when they finish their current topic. Topics in the Year 10 Sexuality unit include decision making, healthy relationships, rights and responsibilities, consent, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, safer sex.
The Ministry of Education has provided schools with the ‘Sexuality Guidelines for Board of Trustees and Principles’. They have also provided a pamphlet for parents/whanau. If you would like to read the pamphlet the following link will connect you (http://parents.education.govt.nz/assets/Parents/Documents/Primary-school/Sexuality-Parent-Guide.PDF ).
If you have any questions regarding the sexuality unit, please speak to their health teacher during parent teachers evening Thursday 15th August, week 4, or you can phone or email their Health teacher or the HOD Health, Karalee Green.