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Community Consultation on OGHS Health Education Programmes

Mrs S. Porter, Assistant Principal —

As part of ensuring our programmes best meet the needs of our students, we are required to consult with our community every two years regarding the content of our Health Education Programmes.

Please read the overview below of what we currently offer and give your feedback via this link:

Health Education Feedback 2019

Below is a summary of the current contexts explored in the Health Education Programme at Otago Girls’ High School.

There are seven Key Areas of Learning in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.

Four of these have a particular focus on Health:

Mental Health

Sexuality Education

Food and Nutrition

Body Care and Physical Safety

The contexts listed below are delivered by staff within the Health and PE Curriculum Programme:

  • Sexuality Education (Year 9 and Year 10) Wellbeing, Reproduction, Relationships, Decision making, Media Messages, Contraception, Support Services

  • Decision making in the context of alcohol and other drugs (Year 10)

  • Self-defence Skills (Year 10 - Outside expert used to teach this)

  • Personal Fitness (Year 10)

  • Fitness and Nutrition (Year 9)

  • Inclusive Practices (Year 10)

  • Food Technology (Year 9 and Year 10 Option Class)

Additional programmes offered in the school:

Attitude Workshops (1 hour sessions delivered by an outside presenter) (Year 9 to Year 13)


  • Hauora (Wellbeing) (Year 9)

  • Hardwired (Drugs & Alcohol) (Year 10)

  • Sex with Attitude (Sex and relationships) (Year 11)

  • The Pits (Mental Health) (Year 12)

  • Sex with Attitude Part 2 (Year 13)

Smashed Project - Alcohol Education *New in 2019 (Year 9) http://www.smashed.org.nz/

Smashed uses powerful live theatre and interactive workshops to engage students on the dangers of underage drinking. Young audiences follow the lives of three young people and witness how they become involved with alcohol and how it affects their lives. Interactive workshops enable students to explore the facts about underage drinking and develop strategies for resisting peer influence.

Year 9 Wellbeing Days (two full days per year)

  • Positive on-line interactions (Cyber-bullying, Social Media)

  • Relaxation activities e.g. Yogalates

  • Fitness activities

  • Interpersonal communication skills

  • Self awareness

  • Mindsets and Thinking Traps

  • Team games and challenges

The Travellers Resilience Programme (Year 9 - small group programme)


Travellers is a small group programme about life’s journey and how young people can be supported to face challenges in their life. It is a positive and practical course in which students learn skills and strategies that will help them navigate their way through adolescence and beyond.

Pilot Year 9 Programme 2019 Social Media and Self-Image

  • A trial programme with a Year 9 class. Sexual Health Educator and Drama Facilitator Ms Evelyn Mann uses process drama techniques to explore the issues around self-image and social media as experienced by the main character Kayla in the film “Eighth Grade”.

Safer Journeys Expo (Driving) three hour workshop run by Police (Year 11)

  • Whole group workshop: Crash Emergency Response Demonstration

  • Workshop 1: Modified Vehicles

  • Workshop 2: Physics of a Car Crash

  • Workshop 3: You Make a Difference

  • Whole group workshop: The Human Cost.

Loves Me Not Programme (1 day) run by Police and trained Facilitators (Year 12)

  • explore qualities of good relationships

  • recognise early signs of relationship abuse

  • understand sexual consent, what it means, and why they need it

  • apply critical thinking about who is advantaged by societal myths, and how these myths may perpetuate relationship abuse and acts of sexual abuse

  • explore if, when and how to be an active bystander

  • are encouraged to ‘take action for change’ for themselves, their friends and family, and the wider community to have safer communities together.

Small Pilot/Trial Programme for 2019

EAAA (Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act) Sexual Assault Resistance Programme (Target levels: Year 12 and Year 13)

Offered by trained facilitators from the University of Otago.

The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance programme consists of four three-hour units that involve games, lectures, discussion, and application and practice activities. The Assess unit focuses on improving assessment of the risk of sexual assault and developing strategies to minimise that risk; the Acknowledge unit focuses on overcoming emotional barriers to seeing the danger in situations that have turned coercive; the Act unit offers instruction about effective options for resistance and includes two hours of self-defence training; and the Sexuality and Relationships unit provides information on sexual health, safer-sex practices and strategies for communicating about sex.