Year 7

Term 1: Somerville Transition Unit

Term 2: Keeping Ourselves Safe

Term 3: Power to be me

Term 4: Positive Puberty

Year 8

Term 1: Health and Wellbeing Unit

Term 2: Drug Education

Term 3: Power to be me

Term 4: Careers

 

As part of the health curriculum the Year 8 students will be engaged in a drug education unit which commences in Term 2. Year 8 students will also be partcipating in the substance module, 'From the Shadows', which is delivered by the Counties Manukau Life Education Trust. This module focuses on drug use and the impact of various substances on individuals, friends and families.

 

A DVD titled 'The Web' is used, telling real life stories from New Zealanders about their experiences in the drug world. Reasons why people may choose to experiment with drugs and how peer pressure can influence people's decisions are discussed.

The discussion and teaching are outlined as follows:

  • Puberty and the teenage brain, how the brain sends/receives messages, consequences of early and prolonged drug use, and how addiction affects the human body
  • Understanding how substances interfere and change the way the brain functions, the complex nature of drugs and the drug scene
  • The difference between adult use and teenage use of alcohol (metabolically)
  • Consideration of the effects drugs and alcohol have on society

The key messages during this module are:

  • Drug use has an impact on the user themselves and other people around them
  • We need to be kind to others, particularly as we cope with our changing bodies and feelings
  • We are better able to make decisions for ourselves when we have reliable information

 

As part of the health curriculum the Year 7 students will be engaged in a postivite puberty education unit which commences in Term 4. Year 7 students will also be partcipating in two sessions delivered by the Counties Manukau Life Education Trust. These sessions focus on increasing our knowledge about the stages of puberty and how we can manage puberty. They explore various influences on our choices regarding how we manage puberty including attitudes, values and beliefs of society, our family and culturally. Information is shared regarding different products available and their use. Overall it is stressed that this is a positive and normal part of our development and growth.

The key messages are outlined as follows:

  • Understand the changes and effects of puberty on the body physically, mentally and emotionally
  • This is a positive and normal part of our development and growth
  • Use of correct anatomical terminology when discussing body parts
  • Appropriate daily routines and products we can use during puberty

Before these programmes commence, there will be a parent information evening where an overview of the programme will be presented by the Life Education Trust. Attending the presentation will provide you with some further insights and should be a good springboard for ongoing discussions with your child.