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Sexuality Education @ East Spring Secondary School


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.

Sexuality Education focuses on the development of adolescents' values, and social and emotional competencies required to make responsible decisions regarding sexual behaviours and to build rewarding relationships based on love and respect which are the foundation for strong families. It is also named Sexuality Education (rather than Sex Education) to emphasise the holistic approach which includes the emotional, social, intellectual and ethical aspects, in addition to the physical aspect of sex.

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.

The key guiding principles of Sexuality Education are: 
Home

1.     Parents play the primary role in the sexuality education of their children. As such, they are responsible for the teaching and transmission of values on sex and sexuality. Recognising that parents have a key role in the sexuality education of their children, they can exercise their choice to opt their children out of the school’s sexuality education programme

School

2.     The teaching of knowledge and skills is integrated with the teaching of values which reflect that of Singapore’s mainstream society, to help students make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters;

3.     In accordance with our national values, Sexuality Education is premised on the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and building stable nuclear family units with extended family support;

4.     Only specially-selected teachers are trained to teach Sexuality Education. These teachers are selected because they:

o   believe in the importance of sexuality education for students;

o   possess values that are aligned with MOE values in Sexuality Education;

o   are comfortable discussing sexuality issues; and

o   have healthy rapport with students and possess good facilitation skills.

Community 

5.     In recognition of our multi-racial and multi-religious society, students and teachers will respect the different attitudes, values and beliefs regarding sexuality that these different communities may have; and

6.     Relevant resources in the community that are in alignment with MOE Sexuality Education Framework and Implementation Guidelines may be brought in to supplement schools' sexuality education programmes where needed.


School Implementation 
The MOE Sexuality Education Curriculum adopts a cross curricular approach. It is delivered through the school curriculum viz. Science, Form Teacher Guidance Period (at Primary 1 to 4), and Character and Citizenship Education (at Secondary level).  The Growing Years (GY) Programme and the eTeens Programme, which are complementary, are staple Sexuality Education Programmes conducted under the ambit of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE). 

You may  click here   for more information on MOE Sexuality Education 

OVERVIEW OF EAST SPRING SECONDARY SCHOOL 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.

The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:

·        Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

Growing Years (GY) Programme

·        “The Teenage Years (2nd Edition)” (Lower Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

·        “Sense & Sexuality (2nd Edition)” (Upper Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

The values and attitudes of our youth towards sexuality are increasingly shaped by their peers, exposure to the media, popular culture and the internet. Adolescence is a complex stage in life as the adolescent attempts to find his/her own identity and often struggles with new social relationships. The period of middle adolescence (generally from 15 – 17 years old) can be a turbulent period for adolescents. The gap between physical and emotional/cognitive maturity may result in a tendency to act on impulse, experiment with various activities (including sexual activities), sometimes without understanding the unpleasant consequences that may arise from such experimentation. The need for peer acceptance can be overwhelmingly strong, and hinder one’s ability to act responsibly.  Given the pressures faced by the middle adolescent from within themselves and from peers, it is important to build a strong sense of self-worth, personal conviction and an understanding of the possible consequences of sexual behaviour.  

T
hrough “The Teenage Years” and “Sense & Sexuality” packages, secondary students will have the opportunity to develop a positive self-esteem, develop their character, and expand their understanding and repertoire of skills to deal with various issues related to sexuality, which are of prime concern at this age.  

At East Spring Secondary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2018:

SECONDARY 1

Lesson

Unit

Time/Period

1

Unit 1: Real Me

Term 2

2

Unit 2: Lessons About Love (Part 1)

Term 2

3

Unit 2: Lessons About Love (Part 1)

Term 3

4

Unit 3: “Familiar” Strangers Alert (Part 1)

Term 3

5

Unit 3: “Familiar” Strangers Alert (Part 2)

Term 4

SECONDARY 2

1

Unit 4: Lessons About Love (Part 2)

Term 2

2

Unit 4: Lessons About Love (Part 2)

Term 2

3

Unit 4: Lessons About Love (Part 2)

Term 3

4

Unit 5: At the Crossroads (Part 1)

Term 3

5

Unit 5: At the Crossroads (Part 1)

Term 4

SECONDARY 3

1

Unit 1: Lessons About Love (Part 3)

Term 2

2

Unit 1: Lessons About Love (Part 3)

Term 2

3

Unit 1: Lessons About Love (Part 3)

Term 3

4

Unit 1: Lessons About Love (Part 3)

Term 3

5

Unit 2: The Real Self (Part 2)

Term 4

SECONDARY 4

1

Unit 3: Lessons About Love (Part 4A)

Term 2

2

Unit 3: Lessons About Love (Part 4A)

Term 2

3

Unit 4: “Familiar” Stranger Alert (Part 2)

Term 2

4

Unit 5: At the Crossroads (Part2)

Term 3

5

Unit 3: Lessons About Love (Part 4B)

Term 3

SECONDARY 5

1

Unit 7: Lessons About Love (Part 5)

Term 2

2

Unit 2: The Real Self (Part 3)

Term 3


eTeens Programme:

eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Secondary 3 students to provide them with accurate information on STIs, HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme.

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 eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.

Information for Parents

Parents can contact the school at esss@moe.edu.sg or 65873805 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

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