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Sexuality Education Programme


PIONEER JUNIOR COLLEGE

 

Moe Sexuality Education in Schools

 

Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. It is premised on the importance of the heterosexual married couple forming a nuclear family as the basic unit of society, and respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities on sexuality issues.

 

The goals of Sexuality Education are to:


1) To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and

    age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;


2) To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and

    emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for

    others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and


3) To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the

    heterosexual married couple forming a nuclear family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive

    mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.

 

The key messages of Sexuality Education are:


1) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;


2) Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);


3) Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and


4) Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unwanted pregnancies. Casual sex can

    harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

 

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.

 

 

Overview of PIONEER JUNIOR COLLEGES SEd Programme for 2012

 

Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law.


The subject that incorporates topics on sexuality includes:


1)Science


2) Growing Years (GY) Programme


The focus for “Love Matters” is on issues in relationships. The focus of the JC/CI package is on Interpersonal Relationships, with themes of Human Development, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and Culture, Society and Law woven into the main focus on relationships.

 

At Pioneer Junior College, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2012:

 

Target

Levels

Topics/Lessons

GY Learning Outcomes

Time Period

JC 1

Dating and going steady - expectations

  • Recognise the demands of going steady:
  • Be aware of the responsibilities of being in a steady relationship

Term 3

JC 1

Cohabitation, Marriage and Divorce

  • Identify values and qualities that are crucial for a life partner
  • Describe why marriage is a serious commitment

Term 3

JC 2

Influence of the Media on sexuality

 

  • Discern the influence of the media on one’s personal opinions and value system

Term 3

JC 2

Consequences of sexual activity

  • Discuss and describe the harmful consequences of sexual relationships such as adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases

Term 3

 

3) eTeens Programme

 

eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for JC/CI Year 1 students. The programme was introduced to junior colleges/ centralised institute in 2009 as the Breaking Down Barriers (BDB) programme, to provide students with accurate information on STIs/HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a class-based programme.

 

Students are taught skills such as decision-making, assertiveness and negotiation to say “no” to sex and negative peer pressure. They also learn that the impact of STIs/HIV extends beyond themselves and involves their family. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key messages. The desired outcome of the eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.

 

At Pioneer Junior College, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2012:

 

Topics/Lessons

Programme Learning Objectives

Time Period

Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor

  • Awareness of the different STIs and HIV/AIDS
  • Modes of transmission
  • Modes of protection, specifically the use of condom
  • Consequences and impact of STIs/HIV

Term 2

Class-based Lesson

  • State the various possible impacts of contracting STI/HIV
  • State the ways of managing the challenges of the impact
  • State the support structures that people with STI/HIV may need

Term 3

 

 

Information for Parents


Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years, eTeens and/or sexuality education programmes by external providers.


Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here (please upload opt out form for growing years). A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 30 June 2012.


Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here (please upload opt out form for eTeens programme). A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 9 May 2012.


Parents may wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes with their children. Parents should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.


Parents can contact the school at 65646878 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.



Talks and Workshops Conducted by External Providers

 

Name of External Provider: Focus on the Family

 

Programme Title: Sticky Notes and Push Pins (SNAPP)

Synopsis

SNAPP is a values-based workshop which seeks to help young people envision the future,

pin down essentials of love, dating and marriage, and equip them to make healthy decisions toward relationships for life.

 

Learning Objectives:

 

  • Help young people craft a vision for their future relationship(s) that will guide their behaviour.
  • Educate young people to make healthy and wise decisions regarding dating and marriage.
  • Equip young people with practical skills for developing emotionally healthy and mutually satisfying relationships with the opposite sex.

 

Date of Programme: 5 July 2012

 

Target Level(s):  All JC 2 students

 

Format of Programme

 

This is a 3 hour workshop