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Sexuality Education

MOE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS


1. 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.

 

 

2. The goals of Sexuality Education are to:

 

(i) 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;

 

(ii) 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

 

(iii) To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family formed from a healthy, heterosexual marriage as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.

 

 

3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:

 

(i) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;

 

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

 

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

 

(iv) 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 CATHOLIC JUNIOR COLLEGE’S SEXUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR 2021

 

4. 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.     

 

5. Specifically, the JC/CI package covers Interpersonal Relationships, with themes of Human Development, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and Culture woven into the main focus on relationships.


At Catholic Junior College, the following lessons on Sexuality Education will be taught in 2021:

 

Catholic Junior College – JC1 

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 8)

Building Positive Relationships

1. Love & Dating (Part 1)

(1.5 hr)

    • Envision the characteristics of healthy and enriching relationships
    • Make decisions for healthy and sustainable relationships
    • Term 3 Week 7

Building Positive Relationships

3. Love & Dating (Part 2)

(1.5 hr)

    • Recognise that some messages in the media have sexual connotations and reflect ideals or stereotypes
    • Term 3 Week 9

 












Catholic Junior College – JC2

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

(e.g. Term 1 Week 8)

Moral Decision-Making

1. Dignity of the Unborn Child

(1.5hr)

    • Have awareness of different factors that need to be considered when making a decision concerning human life
    • Term 1 Week 9

Living a Meaningful Life

2. Mindsets & Choices regarding Love & Dating 

(1.5hr)

    • To raise the level of awareness of different factors that need to be considered when making a decision regarding marriage.
    • To instil a sense of awareness of the mindset and disposition that is required when considering a long-term relationship
    • Term 2 Week 3













eTeens Programme


6.  eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education,  to provide JC 1 students with accurate information on STI/HIV and protection from a health perspective so as to enable them to make wise, informed, and sensible decisions.

 

7. 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 eTeensprogramme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.

 

At Catholic Junior College, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2021:

 

Topics/Lessons

Programme Learning Objectives

Time Period

Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor

·     Awareness of the different STI and HIV

·     Modes of transmission for STI and HIV

·   Modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct use of condom

·     Consequences and impact of STI/HIV

·     State the ways of managing the challenges of the impact

JC2: Term 2 Week 5

 

JC1: Term 3 Week 8

 

 

Information for Parents:

8. Parents may opt their children out of selected lessons from the Catholic Junior College’s Sexuality Education programme, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
9. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the JC2 Catholic Junior College Sexuality Education programme and 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. The completed form is to be submitted by 09/02/2021.
10. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the JC1 Catholic Junior College Sexuality Education programme and eTeens programme. This form can be downloaded here. The completed form is to be submitted by 23/07/2021.
11. Parents can contact the school at catholic_jc@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.
12. Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.