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:
3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate
on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
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
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
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Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.
Overview of Anderson Junior College's Sexuality Education Programme for 2017
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.
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Growing Years (GY) Programme : “Love Matters (2nd Edition)” Teaching & Learning resource package5. The focus for “Love Matters” is on issues in relationships. The focus of the JC 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 Anderson Junior College, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in
Junior College 1
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
The Real Self
Behind the Scenes
- analyse the impact of one’s self-perception on one’s behaviour
- recognise that some messages in the media have sexual connotations and reflect ideals or stereotypes
- evaluate messages that promote casual sexual activity among adolescents
- recognise that the media has a tendency to inaccurately reflect the effort needed to nurture and maintain relationships
Term 2 Week 5
Lessons about Love (Part 6)
The Relationship Quotient
- know that love is a commitment and it is not the same as having feelings of attraction
- appreciate the importance of balanced roles, self-respect and mutual respect in the healthy development of relationships
- recognise that differences in values, goals, and expectations may become challenges and /or lead to conflicts in the relationship
- know the different styles of conflict management and acquire effective techniques of conflict management in a romantic relationship
Term 2 Week 6
With Knowledge Comes Responsibility
- appreciate that abstinence is to be cherished and is contingent on the exercise of self-control
- examine and empathise with the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy faced by an unmarried couple
- appreciate that one’s beliefs on abortion is influenced by one’s religion, culture and values.
- recognise that an abortion can have severe effects
- evaluate one’s own beliefs about STIs/HIV/AIDS and the need to treat all individuals with respect and dignity
- recognise that there is a tendency to underestimate one’s own vulnerability
Term 2 Week 7
Junior College 2
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
Lessons about Love
Real Love Works
- 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 2 Week 3
Leaving Nothing to the Imagination
- recognise that personal decisions on how one displays own affections in public can affect others
- discern the impact of new media on relationship building
Term 2 Week 4
Let’s Talk about Love
- This will be a culminating formative assessment task for students to consolidate what they have learnt from the previous lessons.
Term 2 Week 5
In addition, the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Department will coordinate the following civics programme:
||What students will learn / Remarks
In-house Sexuality Education Panel Discussion
- Allow students to clarify remaining questions they may have about sexuality.
- Session will be chaired by the college’s Full-Time School Counsellor, Mr Lionel Chan.
Term 2 Week 5 (1 hour)
6. eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to provide JC/CI Year 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 STI/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.
At Anderson Junior college, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2017:
Programme Learning Objectives
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- 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
|Term 2 Week 7
Information for Parents8. Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
9. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the
Growing Years (GY) programme
need to complete an opt-out form. This form is downloadable
here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the child's Personal Development (PD) Tutor by 24 March 2017 for both JC1 and JC2 students. 10. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the
need to complete an opt-out form, which is downloadable
here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the child’s Personal Development (PD) Tutor by 24 March 2017 for both JC1 and JC2 students.
11. Parents can contact the school at 6459 6822 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 also contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.