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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. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore 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 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 unintended 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 Innova Junior College Sexuality Education Programme for 2018

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. You may click here for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.

Growing Years Programme

Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Love Matters (2nd Edition)” Teaching & Learning resource package

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 Innova Junior College, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2018:

INNOVA JUNIOR COLLEGE JC 2

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

TIME PERIOD

 

Lessons about Love (Part 7)

4

(60 mins)

·         identify signs of an unhealthy dating relationship and the early indications of a breakdown of relationship 

·         appreciate that one can emerge stronger despite having gone through a breakup

·         explore beliefs about marriage

·         know the possible psychological impact on children experiencing parental separation or divorce

·         recognise the importance of having family support for a relationship

·         aspire to develop similar enduring character traits and qualities that one would consider in a life partner

·         appreciate that marriage is a lifetime commitment and that there will be challenges in marriage as in any other relationships

Term 1 Week 7 – Term 2 Week 4

5

(60 mins)

·         recognise that personal decisions on how one displays own affections in public can affect others

·         discern the impact of new media on relationship building

NA

6

(60 mins)

This will be a culminating formative assessment task for students to consolidate what they have learnt from the previous lessons.


Information for Parents

Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.

Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form (Annex A). This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here .A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the child’s/ward’s Civics Tutor by 02/02/2018

Parents can contact the school at innova_jc@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should also contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.

Forms

Annex A - Opting Out Of Growing Years Programme