Health Education

 

Health Education Programme

Years 7 – 12

The following is an overview of the Health Education programmes/content for Years 7-12 at James Hargest College.

More information regarding the Year 7 & 8 programme can be sought by contacting Mandy Saunders  - msaunders@jamesharget.school.nz.

More information regarding the Year 9-12 programme can be sought by contacting Craig Lineham  - clineham@jameshargest.school.nz

Year 7:

Health Education is integrated into a variety of contexts throughout the year and focus on mental health, sexuality and food and nutrition.

Content covered in each integrated unit of work includes:

Kia Kaha

This has a strong relationships and bullying prevention focus.  It is run in conjunction with the Police Education Officer.  Content includes respectful relationships, what bullying looks like, consequences of bullying, standing up to bullying, supporting others and stereotyping of others.

Sexuality

The focus here is on pubertal change and its management.  Material covered in this topic is supplemented with a visit to the Life Education bus.  Content includes physical changes at puberty, rates at which people develop, coping with physical/emotional/mental/social change, stereotyping of others, hygiene, communication, myths and misconceptions about puberty.

Food and Nutrition

This is integrated into the Human Machine unit of work and relates to material covered in Physical Education.  Key concepts addressed include, what we eat and the impact it has on the body, how food is sourced and how food is an important aspect of human movement and healthy choices regarding food.

The 2015 Sexuality Guidelines published by the Ministry of Education can be accessed at:

http://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and-teachers

 

 

 

Year 8:

Health Education is integrated into a variety of contexts throughout the year and focus on first aid/personal safety, sexuality and drug education.

Content covered in each integrated unit of work includes:

Deep Cove

This integrated unit has personal safety and first aid within a camp/bushcraft context.  It uses the expertise of St. John and EOTC coordinators to help deliver the programme.  Content covered includes basic first aid, hypothermia, making decisions in the bush, the importance of diet an camp, communicating with each other, teamwork and what to do if you get lost.

Drug Education

This unit of work is based on the Dare to Make a Choice unit and is delivered by the Police Education Officer.  Without introducing specific drugs this unit of work looks to develop students’ resilience and encouraging a positive attitude to being drug free now and in the future.  Content is supplemented with work on the Life Education Bus.

Sexuality

This continues to develop understanding from work covered in Year 8 and focusses on physical changes at puberty and managing the change that comes with it.  Essentially the content is similar to that in Year 7 and reflects the fact that young people go through puberty and are receptive to learning about it at different stages.

 

The 2015 Sexuality Guidelines published by the Ministry of Education can be accessed at:

http://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and-teachers

 

 

Year 9:

Health Education is part of the Physical Education Programme and is taught as a stand-alone programme which is reinforced throughout the Physical Education component of the programme.

Both Years 9 and 10 are seen as preparing students with the underlying concepts and content in preparation for NCEA Level 1.

The Year 9 Health component covers the following topics:

Who am I?

This covers aspects of personality, personal interests, things which lift us up and things which bring us down

Communication

This covers aspects of tone, clarity and body language which make us effective communicators, support networks, parent/teenage relationships and digital citizenship

Decision Making

This covers basic aspects of decision making in a variety of contexts through the exploration of choices, consequences, healthy decisions and evaluating decisions made.  It links strongly to the notion of the support network considered in the communication section

Sexuality

This adds to work covered in Years 7 and 8 with a focus on pubertal change and management, relationships, intimacy, contraception, STI’s, coercion and consent and peer pressure

 

The 2015 Sexuality Guidelines published by the Ministry of Education can be accessed at:

http://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and-teachers

 

 

Year 10:

Health Education is taught as a stand-alone module over two Terms.

Both Years 9 and 10 are seen as preparing students with the underlying concepts and content in preparation for NCEA Level 1.

The Year 10 Health programme reinforces and builds on content/skills covered in Year 9 as consists of the following topics:

Hauora

This covers the concept of wellbeing from the Maori perspective.  It considers taha tinana (physical wellbeing), taha hinengaro (emotional/mental wellbeing), taha whanau (social wellbeing) and taha wairua (spiritual wellbeing).  As a concept, it underpins much of the content in Year 10 Health.

Decision Making

This develops understanding from Year 9 by considering the impact of decisions on personal wellbeing.  It covers decision making across a range of contexts.

Sexuality

Development on concepts covered in Year 9 and, as such, revisits pubertal change and managing change in their lives.  Beyond this is covers aspects of body image, decision making in relationships, consent and coercion, contraception and STI’s

Drug Education

The focus in this section is on alcohol and smoking.  Within these topics, students consider what they are, reasons for use, prevalence of use, advertising, impact on wellbeing, decision making and host responsibility.

 

The 2015 Sexuality Guidelines published by the Ministry of Education can be accessed at:

http://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and-teachers

 

 

Year 11:

Health Education is taught as part of an NCEA Level 1 course that is paired with Physical Education i.e. Level 1 Health & Physical Education.  Two periods a week are given over to Health Education and two periods a week are given over to Physical Education.

NCEA Level 1 Health & Physical Education is an optional course at Level 1.

Hauora

This develops and reinforces work covered in Year 10 Health as it underpins all units of work in Health Education.

Goal Planning

Students select a personal lifestyle based goal in order to enhance their wellbeing (via the concept of hauora).  Content includes SMARTER goal planning, celebrating success and strategies for failure, performance versus outcome goals, time management and what they learn from the process.

Sexuality

This unit of work further develops work covered in Year 9 and 10 in sexuality.  Content includes the concept of sex versus sexuality, gender and sexual identity, sexual decision making, consequences, outcomes, community agencies and support, strategies for action to change views regarding sexuality, contraception, STI’s, sexuality and hauora, sexuality and culture and an understanding/tolerance of diverse views regarding personal sexuality.

Drug Education

This unit develops understanding from Year 10 Health Education.  It has a strong focus on decision making strategies with respect to personal choices around drugs.  The focus drugs are alcohol, smoking, cannabis and inhalants.  This section covers aspects such as the impact on wellbeing, recognition, advertising, laws, rights and responsibilities, decision making, consequences and making healthy decisions.

 

The 2015 Sexuality Guidelines published by the Ministry of Education can be accessed at:

http://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and-teachers

 

 

Year 12:

Health Education is an optional, stand-alone subject for NCEA Level 2.

This course builds on the knowledge gained in Level 1, where the emphasis was on the wellbeing of the individual. At this level the course involves a more detailed investigation into aspects of health with the focus being moved to the wellbeing of the community/society.

Topics are consistent with, and reflect the underlying concepts of Hauora, health promotion, a socio-ecological perspective and the attitude and values of:

  • a positive and responsible attitude to your own wellbeing
  • respect for the rights of others
  • care and concern for people in your community
  • social justice

 

The course content is as follows:

Adolescent Health Issues

This involves a description of the influencing factors and possible consequences of an adolescent health issue on hauora/wellbeing and an explanation of relevant health enhancing strategies that promote hauora/wellbeing.  A variety of topics are covered as part of this unit including: alcohol use, sexual health and body image.

Managing Change

This involves explaining risk and protective factors that contribute to people’s ability to manage change and recommending a combination of personal, interpersonal and societal strategies to maintain the protective factors and/or minimise the risk factors.  This has a strong focus on mental health, and the concept of resiliency through  stress management, change, loss and grief and strategies for action.

Taking Action

This involves as a class identifying an issue that affects the wellbeing of people, developing and implementing a plan of action and evaluating the effectiveness of the action by reflecting on the implementation of the plan.

Sexuality

This involves the explaining the influences on gender and sexual identity, recommending a relevant combination of personal, interpersonal and societal strategies to address the issues which reflect the values of social justice.  This topic includes the factors that influence sexual identity and/or gender and why, relationships, and the concept of social justice.

Personal Risk

This involves explaining the factors influencing the issue(s) and the consequences of these factors for wellbeing and strategies to manage potentially unsafe situations.

 

The 2015 Sexuality Guidelines published by the Ministry of Education can be accessed at:

http://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and-teachers