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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 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 unintended 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 YISHUN 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.

Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Love Matters (2nd Edition)” Teaching & Learning resource package

5. The focus for “Love Matters” is on issues in relationships. Specifically, the JC/CI package covers Interpersonal Relationships, with themes of Human Development, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and Culture, Society and Law woven into the main focus on relationships. 


At Yishun Junior College, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2018:

 Junior College / Centralised Institute 1

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

 

The Real Self

(Part 3)

1

(60 mins)

·         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 3 Week 4

Lessons about Love (Part 6)

2

(60 mins)

·         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 3 Week 7

3

(60 mins)

·         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 3 Week 9


Junior College / Centralised Institute 2

UNIT

LESSONS / DURATION

Lesson Objectives

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

TIME PERIOD

 

Lessons about Love (Part 7)

4

(60 mins)

·         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 1 Week 6


5

(60 mins)

·         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 1 Week 7


NA

6

(60 mins)

This will be a culminating formative assessment task for students to consolidate what they have learnt from the previous lessons.


Term 1 Week 8



eTeens Programme:

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 YISHUN JUNIOR COLLEGE, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2018:

Topics/LessonsProgramme Learning ObjectivesTime Period
(e.g. Term 3 Week 2)
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
 Term 3 Week 8

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

8.   Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years 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 will be distributed to parents and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 13 July 2018.

10.  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 13 July 2018.

11.   Parents can contact the school at  yishun_jc@moe.edu.sg   or  tel 62579873 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.



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29 June 2018

Dear Parents/ Guardians 

MOE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS - THE GROWING YEARS PROGRAMME

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:
(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 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 unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

4. Please visit the school’s Sexuality Education webpage (https://yishunjc.moe.edu.sg/character-n-citizenship-education/student-well-being/sexuality-education ) for more information on Yishun Junior College’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2018.

5. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,


___________________________
Mrs Edelweis Neo
Principal


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[Parents' Acknowledgement - This is to be signed by parents of all students.]

Dear Mrs Edelweis Neo

The Growing Years Programme For Year 2018 

I acknowledge receipt of letter from the school dated on 29/06/2018 regarding the school’s sexuality education, Growing Years programme and eTeens, that will be taught in 2018.  I have read and understood the information provided on the content coverage and delivery of the programme.




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Annex A

[Parent Opt-out Form –This section is applicable only if parents wish to opt their child out of the Growing Years programme.]

 

Date:  ______________

Parent’s Name:  _____________________________

Parent of (Child’s name):  _____________________________

 

Mrs Edelweis Neo
Yishun Junior College

Dear Principal

 THE GROWING YEARS PROGRAMME FOR YEAR 2018 


1.         I would like to withdraw my child, ______________________________________, of

______________ from the Growing Years programme for 2018.

  

2.       My reason(s) for my decision to opt my child out of the programme:

Religious reasons 

My child is too young.

I would like to personally educate my child on sexuality matters.

I do not think it is important for my child to attend Sexuality Education lessons.

I have previously taught my child the topics in the GY Programme for this year.

I am not comfortable with the topics covered in the GY Programme for this year.


Others: _________________________________________________________

                        

3.         Thank you.

 

 

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Parent’s Name & Signature                   Contact No. (mobile)                           Email address (optional)


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 Dear Sir/Madam

 

                                      

  eTeens

STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) /

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

Prevention Programme in Schools

 

 

1.         In view of the increasing number of STI reported among youth aged 10-19 years1, HPB, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), developed an STI/HIV prevention programme titled eTeens for students in secondary schools and JC/CIs. The programme aims to raise awareness on STI/HIV, inform students about ways to prevent infection and discourage risky sexual behaviours. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key messages in the programme.

 

2.         eTeens comprises of an assembly talk. It covers information on the transmission modes of STI, the signs, symptoms and consequences of contracting STI/HIV, effective methods of preventing infection including abstinence from pre-marital sex, being faithful to one’s partner in the context of marriage as well as condom use. eTeens is conducted in schools by trained personnel from HPB. A factsheet on the programme, which is available on the MOE website2, is enclosed.

 

3.         If you do not wish your son/daughter/ward to attend this programme, please complete the form on the next page and return it to the school. For any clarification regarding this programme, please email us at hpb_yhp@hpb.gov.sg.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ms Nirmala Palaysamy
Deputy Director
School Partnerships
School Health and Outreach Division
Health Promotion Board



1 Reported cases of STIs among youth aged 10-19 years increased from 238 cases in 2002 to a peak of 820 cases in 2007.
2 https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/social-and-emotional-learning/sexuality-education


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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eTeens Opt-out Form

Please complete this section if you DO NOT wish your child to attend the eTeens Programme and return it to the school. 

  

I, (name) _____________________________, (NRIC) ________________, do not wish my son/daughter/ward*, (name) ___________________________________ of class _________, to attend the eTeens STI/HIV Prevention Programme conducted by the Health Promotion Board.

 

My reason(s) for opting out:

My child is too young.

I would like to personally educate my child.

I am not comfortable with the topics/content to be covered.

Religious reasons

I have previously taught my child the topics/content to be covered. 

I do not think it is necessary for my child to attend.

Others (please state): _____________________________________


 

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Signature of Parent/Guardian                                     Date



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eTeens

Wise.Informed.Sensible.Empowered

 

AIMS OF ETEENS

 

1.         The Empowered Teens (eTeens) programme aims to provide students with accurate information to help them make good decisions in their life choices. It raises awareness and knowledge about the following:

 

a) awareness of the different sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS;
b) modes of transmission for STI and HIV/AIDS;
c) modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct use of condoms;
d) consequences and impact of STI/HIV;
e) state the ways of managing the challenges of the impacts

 

FORMAT OF PROGRAMME

 

2.          eTeens (JC/CI) has been revised to consist of a mass talk  of about 45 minutes. The talk will be delivered through a multi-media presentation, video screening and presentation of key learning points. It will be conducted by a facilitator engaged by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) from an approved panel.