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Health Curriculum Consultation: 2019
Health Curriculum Consultation: 2019
All schools in NZ are required to consult with their school community every two years about their health education programmes. Health education is part of the Health and Physical Education learning area. Learning in health is guided by underlying concepts, key areas of learning and the achievement objectives. The purpose of this consultation is to outline the programmes that we are delivering, how we are delivering them and what we see the education needs are, within health, for our students. The last round of consultation was held in Term 1 2017. Since then we have also been involved in Wellbeing initiatives within our school and as part of the Ōtākaro Kāhui ako.


Below are the topics we currently cover at Banks Avenue School as part of our health curriculum.

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Me, Family and Friends; Identity and Belonging: Culture and Heritage; Keeping Ourselves Safe; Positive behaviour and relationships: emotions, feelings, choices and actions; Kia Kaha: A bully-free zone; Developing a Growth Mindset, Zones of Regulation, te Whare Tapa Whā (Māori health model) and Learning to Learn.

Body Care and Physical Safety
Keeping Ourselves Safe: including Cybersafety; Body Needs and Care: Staying Healthy; Hazards: risks, cycle safety, water safety and resuscitation.

Food and Nutrition
Healthy eating and drinking; Healthy Heroes, Food For Thought nutrition programme and Food and Culture.

Sexuality Education
Everybody is Special; Growing and Changing; Celebrating Difference; Keeping Ourselves Safe; Pubertal Change (yr 6); Body Image and The Sexuality Road (family planning resource).

Of these four health areas sexuality education is the strand, which has a degree of confusion around it. It is important to realise that sexuality education is very different to sex education. At primary school under the umbrella of sexuality education children are likely to learn about: friendships, different kinds of families, respect for each other, pubertal change and body development and body image. A brochure relating to Sexuality Education is included in the newsletter this week.

How we deliver these programmes? These topics are taught in classroom contexts and are often interwoven throughout the day alongside our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) lessons, focus weeks and in a home- school partnership, e.g., Healthy Heroes and Keeping Ourselves Safe. We tailor what we do to meet the needs of each class and to meet the curriculum achievement objectives. Some topics may have either a junior school and/or senior school emphasis.

We welcome your feedback as this allows us to develop policies and practices that reflect the needs of students at our school. In order to help us to further develop our programmes, we ask that you complete the survey below by Friday 30th August.

N.B: Levels of the school relate to years 1- 3 and years 4 - 6.
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Should all four strands (mental health and wellbeing, body care and physical safety, food and nutrition and sexuality education) be given the same emphasis at all levels of the school? *
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What is the most important thing for children to learn about in relation to body care and safety? *
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Are any health areas more important than other health areas? *
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What does our school do well in helping our students maintain or improve their health and wellbeing? *
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What would you like us to do better in relation to health and wellbeing education? *
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What is the most important thing for children to learn about in relation to mental health and wellbeing? *
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What is the most important thing for children to learn about in relation to food and nutrition? *
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What is the most important thing for children to learn about in relation to sexuality education? *
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Do you have any other comment to make in relation to health and wellbeing? *
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A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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