Under Section 60B of the Education Act 1989 (as amended in 2001), boards of trustees are required to produce a written statement about how the school will implement health education, inform the school community about the content of the health education components of the curriculum, and consult with members of the school community regarding the way in which the school should implement health education.
The process of this consultation requires information on the proposed health education programme being presented to the school community, providing an opportunity for the school community to comment, then comments being considered before confirming the health education programme. This process is to occur every 2 years.
Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum
Health and physical education is one of the eight essential learning areas of The New Zealand Curriculum. Furthermore, it is a compulsory subject until the end of Year Ten.
Although there are seven key areas of learning in the Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, the four areas specifically covered in Health education are:
- mental health,
- food and nutrition,
- body care and physical safety,
- sexuality education.
For more detailed information on Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum please visit http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Learning-areas/Health-and-physical-education.
Sexuality education in Years 6, 8, 9 and 10
Sexuality education at Tauraroa Area School is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to develop positive attitudes to sexuality and to take care of their sexual health needs, both now and in the future.
We do believe that the family should be the primary educator in matters to do with sexuality but not all parents/caregivers discuss sexuality issues with their children. Sexuality education in schools may also enhance communication at home.
Due to sexuality education being a key learning area to be covered in the health curriculum, and yet of a controversial nature, provision has been made for individual parents of students enrolled in any state school to write to the principal to request that their child/children be excluded from specified parts of the health programme related to sexuality education.
The principal is required to ensure that the student is excluded from the relevant tuition and that the student is supervised during that time. This requirement does not extend to exclusion at any other time when a teacher deals with a question raised by another student that relates to sexuality education.
To provide parents with the information needed to make informed decisions, supplied in detail below are the unit overviews for each unit including sexuality education and the general overview of all units taught in Health from Year 0 to Year 10.
An integral part of the consultation process is the opportunity for parents/caregivers to comment on the proposed Health programme and provide feedback, concerns, or issues in writing to the school. Any such comments will be treated as confidential to the Health team and be considered when making final amendments to the Health programme. Please feel free to provide feedback, concerns or issues, to us either by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a written letter before the 15th of July 2016 to be considered in the 2016/2017 consultation and amendment process.