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Sexuality Education

Moe Sexuality Education in Schools

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. 

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.

Overview of Cresent Girls' School's Sexuality Education Programme for 2022

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.

5. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
a. Science
b. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

Sexuality Education Lessons:


6. The values and attitudes of our youth towards sexuality are increasingly shaped by their peers, exposure to the media, popular culture and the internet. Adolescence is a complex stage in life as the adolescent attempts to find his/her own identity and often struggles with new social relationships. The period of middle adolescence (generally from 15 – 17 years old) can be a turbulent period for adolescents. The gap between physical and emotional/cognitive maturity may result in a tendency to act on impulse, experiment with various activities (including sexual activities), sometimes without understanding the unpleasant consequences that may arise from such experimentation. The need for peer acceptance can be overwhelmingly strong, and hinder one’s ability to act responsibly.  Given the pressures faced by the middle adolescent from within themselves and from peers, it is important to build a strong sense of self-worth, personal conviction and an understanding of the possible consequences of sexual behaviour.

7.  Through the Sexuality Education lessons, secondary students will have the opportunity to develop a positive self-esteem, develop their character, and expand their understanding and repertoire of skills to deal with various issues related to sexuality, which are of prime concern at this age. 

At Crescent Girl’s School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2022:

SECONDARY 1

UNIT

LESSONS /
DURATION

LESSON OBJECTIVES 
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

TIME PERIOD

Respectful Relationship & Safety 1
(60 mins)
  • Recognise the importance of monitoring and managing our emotional reactions, in helpful ways that are reflective of our values and principles·
  • Recognise that there are different forms of love (e.g. familial, platonic, romantic love)
  • Recognise the importance and understand what builds healthy and supportive relationships, both online and offline
  • Understand what dating is, and recognise that the readiness and interest in dating vary among individuals
Term 2 Week 8
2
(60 mins)
  • Understand that physical and psychological abuse from others, especially those we know and trust, can have strong negative effects on a person’s self-concept
Term 2 Week 9
3
(60 mins)
  • Understand and accept that as we work towards becoming our best self, there will be times when we make mistakes, and recognise the importance of exercising moral courage in facing up to consequences
  • Recognise that there are moral and legal consequences of risky sexual behaviours, pornography access and acting irresponsibly or maliciously when online (e.g. spreading of online falsehoods, flouting copyright laws, etc.)
Term 2 Week 10

SECONDARY 2

UNIT

LESSONS /
DURATION

LESSON OBJECTIVES
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

TIME PERIOD

Respectful
Relationship
& Safety
1
(60 mins)
  • Know that one’s understanding of gender roles should not be limited by gender stereotypes·
  • Develop an appreciation of one’s own unique qualities and characteristics as a male or female
  • Understand what sexual orientation entails
Term 3 Week 8
2
(60 mins)
  • Recognise one’s vulnerability to risky situations and the importance of exercising discretion to reduce risks and avoid negative consequences, both online and offline
Term 3 Week 9
3
(60 mins)
  • Recognise the importance of self-respect and respect for others in relating to members of the opposite gender
  • Recognise one’s vulnerability to risky situations and the importance of exercising discretion to reduce risks and avoid negative consequences, both offline and online
Term 3 Week 10

SECONDARY 3

UNIT

LESSONS /
DURATION

LESSON OBJECTIVES
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

TIME PERIOD

Respectful
Relationship
& Safety
1A
(60 mins)
  • Know that self-perception and identity have an impact on our self-esteem and how we interact with others and the choices we make, both online and offline.
  • Understand that expectation of oneself and others may differ and can affect one's emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
  • Recognise what healthy dating relationship involve and know that readiness is important when entering into dating relationship.
Term 2 Week 2
1B
(60 mins)
  • Know that relationship-building involves personal emotions and vulnerabilities and changes and challenges.
  • Know that a decision to end a relationship will have consequences on oneself and others.
  • Know that grief and loss due to rejection and broken relationships is normal and one can recover from the experience.
  • Know there are healthy ways of coping with broken relationships and family and friends are important pillars of support.
Term 2 Week 5
2
(60 mins)
  • Recognise the importance of being informed of social and moral issues of the day and the need to reflect on these issues, and weigh them against our own moral standpoints as we form our perspective about them.
  • Understand that we strengthen our character when we commit to sound values-based viewpoints (e.g. respect for life) and decisions, and speak and act in alignment with our belief
Term 2 Week 6


SECONDARY 4
UNIT LESSONS / DURATION LESSON OBJECTIVES
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
TIME PERIOD

Respectful Relationships & Safety

1
(60 mins)

  • Understand that the value of a person is not tied to one’s gender and not conforming to gender stereotypes does not negate one’s gender identity.
  • Understand what gender stereotypes comprise, e.g. notions of masculinity and femininity vary over time and space, and are shaped by societal expectations.
  • Know that imposing gender stereotypes on oneself and others can limit one’s experiences, cause harm to the self-esteem of oneself and others and should be avoided.
Term 1 Week 3
2
(60 mins)

  • Know there are healthy ways of coping with broken relationships, and family and friends are important pillars of support.
  • Recognise emotions caused by traumatic situations, e.g. bullying, abuse and dating violence, and understand the physiological and psychological, social impact on victims.
  • Understand that we need moral courage and wisdom to recognise and end relationships that are unhealthy and cause harm to our mental and emotional well-being.
  • Understand the importance of ensuring that non-verbal messages match with verbal ones, when communicating personal and emotional boundaries in a relationship.

Term 1 Week 6

3
(60 mins)

  • Know that long-term romantic relationships leading to marriage involve understanding oneself and others in the intellectual, emotional, social and moral dimensions.
  • Know that marriage entails a union between a man and a woman based on love, trust, commitment, and requires mutual effort.
  • Understand that conflicts are normal in any relationship, including marriage, and the way in which a couple handles conflict is critical to the success of their marriage.

Term 1 Week 9

4
(60 mins)

  • Understand that we strengthen our character when we commit to sound values-based viewpoints (e.g. respect for life) and decisions, and speak and act in alignment with our beliefs.

Term 2 Week 1



eTeens Programme:

8. eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Secondary 3 students to provide them with accurate information on STIs, HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme.

9. 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 STIs/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 Crescent Girls’ School, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2022:

Topics/Lessons

Programme Learning Objectives

Time Period

Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor
  • Awareness of the different STIs and HIV/AIDS
  • Modes of transmission
  • Modes of protection, specifically on how the condom is used
  • Consequences and impact of STIs/HIV

Term 3 Week 8
Classroom-based Lesson
  • Learn to negotiate their way out of a risky situation by applying skills of assertiveness and responsible decision-making

Term 3 Week 9


Information for Parents

10. Parents may opt their children out of the Sexuality Education Lessons, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.

11.Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Sexuality Education lesson 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 24/01/2022 and 26/02/2022 for Upper Secondary and Lower Secondary respectively.

12.Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens 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 10/02/2022.

13.Parents can contact the school at Mdm Norazimah, at 6708 7973 / Norazimah_bte_ibrahim@crescent.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

14.Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.


eTeens Wise.Informed.Sensible.Empowered

AIMS OF ETEENS
1. The Empowered Teens (eTeens) programme aims to provide students with accurate information to help them make good decisions in their life choices. It raises awareness and knowledge about the following:
a) awareness of the different sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS;
b) modes of transmission for STIs and HIV/AIDS;
c) modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct use of condoms;
d) skills for decision-making, assertiveness, negotiation to say “no” to peer pressure to have pre-marital sex; and
e) consequences and impact of STIs/HIV.


FORMAT OF PROGRAMME

2. The eTeens programme comprises an assembly talk and a classroom-based lesson:

a) The mass talk is conducted by a speaker engaged by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) from an approved panel. The presentation follows an approved guide.
b) The duration of the assembly talk is about 1 hour. It includes a multi- media presentation, video screening as well as presentation of key learning points.
c) The classroom-based lesson reinforces skills of responsible decision-making, negotiation and assertiveness. The suggested time for the lesson is about one hour.
d) Training for teachers to conduct the classroom-based programme is provided for by MOE and HPB.