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The Sexuality Road
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Sexuality Road

Kelsey Knipshild —

Sexual Education taught weeks 6–9.  

Sexuality education is part of The New Zealand Curriculum, and it is a requirement that it is taught as part of the Health and Physical Education learning area from Years 1 – 10.

The purpose of sexuality education is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop positive attitudes towards sexuality, to take care of their sexual health, and to enhance their interpersonal relationships, now and in the future.

Your child will be taught using a programme based on The Sexuality Road – Discovering Me, developed by Family Planning. The following topics will be covered:

1. Changing bodies and feelings

2. Relationships

3. Communication and decision making

4. Reproduction

5. Supports

You are welcome to contact your child’s class teacher to discuss the programme or to view any of the teaching materials used.

We will also be using a technique called the question box, which gives the students an opportunity to ask any question they wish anonymously, and have them answered in an appropriate manner.

Sexuality education is a valuable part of a child’s learning, so we hope all children in that class will be present for this programme. However, if you do not wish your child to participate please let Mrs. Keen know in writing before the programme starts. Class teachers will begin the programme during the weeks 6-9 beginning Monday the 25th of May.

We look forward to working with the students through this exciting programme and hope that you take the opportunity to have many interesting discussions at home regarding the content of the programme your child/children will be taught in the coming weeks.

Family Planning also offers a few resources to continue your child's journey at home. Pictures of the resources are attached to this article and include: 

-Open and Honest Workbook (activities for parents and students to complete together)-Open and Honest parent guide-Q&A book for students