MOE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
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.
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OVERVIEW OF CATHOLIC JUNIOR COLLEGE’S SEXUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR 2018
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. The subject that incorporates topics on sexuality includes:
Our student development programme guides students to understand themselves, their relationships and their community better. The Sexuality Education programme espouses the non-negotiable criterion of respect for persons in all human relationships and the making of informed choices in the forging of relationships. To this end, the programme also canvasses consequences of various choices as well as their legal and religious implications. At the heart of Sexuality Education in Catholic Junior College is the value of abstinence before marriage and the importance of sound and responsible decision-making especially in relationships. Within CJC’s Sexuality Education Programme, there is a further customised Religious Education Programme (REP) for Catholic students and students of different faiths who opt-in.
As our freshmen enter a new phase of their lives, CJC’s student development programme begins by helping them make the transition to Junior College by understanding themselves, their goals and their environment. The Sexuality Education programme at JC1 is part of a larger module on building and maintaining healthy relationships – which encompass relationships with their family members and friends, relationships when dating and on social media. The relationship module builds on having the students recognise that they are special - blessed with talents and gifts and just as they are able to give love, they are also worthy of receiving love in a respectful and healthy manner.
Given the proliferation of the media today, our students are well able to google information on subjects they are curious about to find answers on their own. The Sexuality Education programme in CJC is part of a larger module on Moral Decision-making. This module aims to equip students with a moral framework and critical thinking skills that will enable them to sift and process the information that is already out there, so that they are empowered to make responsible choices in the complex life situations of today. Ultimately, the programme seeks to nurture students to grow into maturity guided by the college’s values of Integrity and Love.
At Catholic Junior College, the following lessons on Sexuality Education will be taught in 2019:
LESSONS / ACTIVITIES
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES & OUTCOMES
SKILLS / COMPETENCIES
|JC1 Term 3 (1.5 hour)||1. Building Positive Relationships - Love & Dating (Part 1)|
|JC1 Term 3 (1.5 hour)||2.Building Positive Relationships - Love & Dating (Part 2)|
|JC1 Term 3 (1.5 hour)||3. Post E-Teens Talk HT Time|| |
JC2 Term 1
|Moral Decision-making 4 - Understanding Sexuality|| |
JC2 Term 1
|Moral Decision-making 5 - Dignity of the Unborn Child |
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 2019:
Programme Learning Objectives
Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor
Term 3 Week 10
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
- 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.
- Parents who wish to opt their children out of the selected lessons from the CJC's Sexuality Education Programme (For JC1, i. Love and Dating 1 (Understanding Healthy Relationships and ii. Love and Dating 2 (Healthy Relationship Practices Online), For JC2, i. Understanding Sexuality and ii. Dignity of the Unborn Child) 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 (JC2) and here (JC1). A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school by 22/02/2019 for JC2 students and 06/08/2019 for JC1 students.
- 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. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 02/08/2019..
- 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 62524083 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.