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.
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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 Raffles Institution (Year 5-6), the following lessons from the growing years programme will be taught in 2017:
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 Raffles Institution (Year 5-6), the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2017:
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 this opt-out form. This form will also be distributed to parents at the start of the year. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 01/03/2017.
10. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete this opt-out form. This form will also be distributed to parents at the start of the year. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 01/03/2017.
11. Parents can contact Ms Melissa Lim, Dean/Character & Citizenship Education 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 necessary arrangements.