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.
The goals of Sexuality Education are:
The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
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.
The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
Growing Years (GY) Programme
“Curious Minds (2nd Edition)” (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching & Learning resource package.
The upper primary years mark the onset of puberty. With better nutrition and improved health care, children are reaching puberty at a younger age and have to grapple with physical, emotional and psychological changes in themselves. The implication is that our children are becoming biologically ready for sexual activity sooner without necessarily having the corresponding cognitive or emotional maturity to modulate their behaviours. “Curious Minds” is a response to these challenges.
The Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)”, aims to meet students’ developmental needs, give emphasis to the teaching of skills and values, and focus on helping students navigate changes, build healthy relationships, especially online relationships, and exercise safety.
At Meridian, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2017:
Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers. 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 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 27 March 2017.
Parents may contact the school at Tel: 6583 2125 or email Mdm Tay Wan Boon Stephanie or Mdm Nor Fardilah bte Md Nasir for a discussion and/or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme. Parents who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.