Sexuality Education

Sexuality education is a key area of learning in health within the New Zealand Curriculum.  This means that it must be included in teaching programmes at both primary and secondary levels, using the strands and achievement objectives outlined in the curriculum.
The content of a school’s programme should reflect the learning needs of its students and the values important to its community.
(MOE, 1999, Sexuality Education)

Some key Catholic perspectives

  • God is love, positive energy, power, creation, life
  • —Sexuality is a reflection of God’s love and life
—Sexuality is part of the harmony of God’s plan
Gendered, sexed human beings, female and male are loved into being out of this creative heart and called into harmony – unity – integration.

Proposed lesson structure

Year one and two
  • —Growth patterns
  • —Naming body parts
  • —What it means to be healthy
  • —Responding to others
  • —What makes me special

Year three and four
  • —Hygiene and positive self-image
  • —Abilities, appearance and gender differences
  • —Family formation
  • —Growth of a baby – pre and post natal
  • —Expressing feelings appropriately

Year five and six
  • —Positive body image
  • —Changes as we grow – physical, emotional
  • —Peer pressure
  • —Body parts
  • —Menstruation
  • —Gender stereotyping, equality issues
Year seven and eight
  • Self-worth and healthy relationships with others
  • —Pubertal change – boys and girls
  • Conception and foetal development
  • Media and social influences
  • —Resources – people, prayer, agencies