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MOE’s 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:
    1. 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;
    2. 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
    3. 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:
    • Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
    • Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
    • Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
    • 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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Overview of ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD) 
Sexuality Education Programme for 2017

  1. 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. 

  2. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
    • Science
    • Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)
    • Growing Years (GY) Programme:/
        1. “The Teenage Years (2nd Edition)” (Lower Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package
        2. “Sense & Sexuality (2nd Edition)” (Upper Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package

  3. 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.

  4. Through “The Teenage Years” and “Sense & Sexuality” packages, 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 ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD) THE FOLLOWING LESSONS FROM THE GROWING YEARS PROGRAMME WILL BE TAUGHT IN 2017:

Secondary 1


UNIT DURATION LESSON OBJECTIVES TIME PERIOD
Is That Really Me? (60 mins)
  • To know how personal experiences and external sources of information can affect one’s body image and self-perception
  • To know people’s perception of an ideal body type may be shaped by the media or culture
  • To identify strategies for managing emotions, thoughts and behaviours to develop a positive perception of one’s body
  • To appreciate that the value of a person is determined beyond his physical appearance
Term 3 Week 6
Do I Really Know My Friend (60 mins)
  • To list the 5 dimensions that constitute the total self: Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Physical and Moral.
  • To suggest activities in which they can learn more about their friends and loved ones in each of the 5 dimensions.
Term 3 Week 7
REACH for a Rewarding Relationship (60 mins)
  • To identify the essential elements for building relationships: Respect, Empathy, Acceptance, Care and Honesty (REACH).
  • To suggest strategies for building healthy relationships based on REACH.
Term 3 Week 8
Love and Infatuation (60 mins)
  • To differentiate between infatuation and love and understand the characteristics of both types of feelings.
Term 3 Week 9
Sexual Abstinence (60 mins)
  • To understand the reasons of premarital sex
  • To understand the value of sexual abstinence
  • To know how to refrain from having a sexual relationship
Term 3 Week 10

Secondary 2


UNIT DURATION LESSON OBJECTIVES TIME PERIOD
Beauty or The Beast (60 mins)
  • To know self-esteem is defined as a sense of personal worth
  • To be able to develop strategies to evaluate the accuracy of self-perception based on information from external sources that influence self-perception
  • To recognise that healthy self-esteem stems from accurate knowledge of self in the intellectual, emotional, social and moral dimensions
Term 3 Week 6
Single dating: Should I start? (60 mins)
  • To list the advantages of group dating/activities as opposed to single dating for their age-group
  • To identify situations that expose them to the temptations of sexual intimacy
  • To suggest healthy and fun dating activities that do not involve sexual activity
Term 3 Week 7
Going Steady (60 mins)
  • To allow students to recognise the importance of cultivating healthy relationship and to know why they should not go steady at a young age
Term 3 Week 8
The Morning After (60 mins)
  • To examine the consequences of engaging in pre-marital sex on self and others
  • To explore the possible options when faced with teenage pregnancy
Term 3 Week 9
Must Break-Ups Lead To Break-Downs II (60 mins)
  • To explain the process of grief and loss that people experience when a relationship breaks down
  • To develop perspective-taking skills and exercise sensitivity when communicating break-ups
  • To recognize that one can emerge stronger after a breakup
Term 3 Week 10

Secondary 3


UNIT DURATION LESSON OBJECTIVES TIME PERIOD
High Risk Prevention (60 mins)
  • To understand the levels of physical intimacy and learn ways to prevent high-risk situations from happening.
  • To identify high-risk situations which lead to pre-marital sex.
Term 3 Week 8
Is Sex Really Touch and Go? (60 mins)
  • To reflect on the values we hold when we are involved in a relationship
  • To reflect on the short and long term effects of sexual intimacy on each of the five dimensions of a person- intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and morally
Term 3 Week 9
Being Aware, Being Safe (60 mins)
  • To know the usefulness and dangers of making friends over social networking platforms
  • To now the physiological, psychological and social impact of sexual abuse on the 
    individual
  • To recognise the provision of Singapore laws that serves to protect teenagers from sexual perpetrators and persecute those who have committed such crimes
  • To identify sources to seek help and support
Term 3 Week 10
Dating Violence (60 mins)
  • To surface the physiological, psychological and social impact of dating violence
  • To know strategies to protect themselves from dating violence
Term 4 Week 2

secondary 4


UNIT DURATION LESSON OBJECTIVES TIME PERIOD
Pre-forum Workshop: 
Say NO to Pre-marital Sex
(60 mins)
  • To discuss the consequences of pre-marital sex, the value of abstinence before marriage, and skills to say ‘no’ to temptations or pressure to have sex
  • To come up with questions for next week’s forum with school leaders and teachers
Term 2 Week 1
Forum:
Say NO to
Pre-marital Sex
(60 mins)
  • To recall the consequences of engaging in pre-marital sex
  • To recognise that respect and responsible decision making are important in relationships
  • To recognise the value of sexual abstinence
  • To know the physiological, psychological and social impact of sexual abuse on the individual
  • To recognise the provision of Singapore laws that serves to protect teenagers from sexual perpetrators and persecute those who have committed such crimes
Term 2 Week 2/3
Lesson:
Media Influence
(60 mins)
  • To equip students with the skills to identify distortions in media leading to wrong perception on members of the opposite sex
Term 2 Week 2/3
Lesson:
Too Bold for Comfort
(60 mins)
  • To identify some consequences of premarital sex and legal implications to underage sex.
  • To set personal boundaries for sexual behaviour.
Term 2 Week 5
Lesson:
Happily Ever After?
(60 mins)
  • To value marriage as a lifetime commitment based on trust, love and requires mutual effort
  • To recognise conflicts are an indeniable part of any relationship, including marriage
Term 2 Week 6

secondary 5


UNIT DURATION LESSON OBJECTIVES TIME PERIOD
Lesson about Love* (60 mins)
  • To reflect on the qualities of a healthy romantic relationship
  • To evaluate one’s readiness for a romantic relationship, leading to marriage
  • To recognise that intimacy in a relationship need not be limited to physical intimacy
  • To recognise that break ups can allow one to understand oneself better
Term 2 Week 1
Forum: Say NO to Pre-marital Sex (60 mins)
  • To recall the consequences of engaging in pre-marital sex
  • To recognise that respect and responsible decision making are important in relationships
  • To recognise the value of sexual abstinence
  • To know the physiological, psychological and social impact of sexual abuse on the individual
  • To recognise the provision of Singapore laws that serves to protect teenagers from sexual perpetrators and persecute those who have committed such crimes
Term 2 Week 3

eTeens Programme:


  1. 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.

  2. 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 ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD), the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2017:


UNIT LESSON 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 4
Classroom-based
Lesson 1: Decision-Making
  • Understand there are consequences in any decision one makes regarding sexual intercourse
  • Realise that decision-making is a process that can be learnt
  • Understand that one needs correct and accurate information to make the right decisions regarding one’s sexual health
  • Learn to make decisions that will reduce the risk to their sexual health.
Term 3
Week 6
Classroom-based
Lesson 2: Assertiveness
  • Understand what assertive behaviour is
  • Practise responding to persuasion assertively
Term 3
Week 7

Information for Parents

  1. Please be informed that we do not engage external vendors as our trained form teachers will be conducting every lesson. Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years lessons, and/or eTeens lessons using the forms below.

  2.  Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form is downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the form teacher or school office by 27/02/2017.

  3. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form is downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 27/02/2017.

  4. Parents can contact the school’s Sexuality Education Coordinator, Ms Sherri Tan, at sherri_tan@acsbr.org or 62561633 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

  5. Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should also contact the school two weeks in advance to make the necessary arrangements.