Today we were privileged to host Nate and Brayden from Attitude – the youth education division of Parenting Place – who made presentations to our young men as part of our wellbeing focus.
For young men in the senior school the presentations covered ‘Sex with Attitude’ with a focus on developing healthy relationships and breaking down myths about sex. There was a particular emphasis on safely navigating the cyber world – the impact of pornography on relationships, sexting and how to keep yourself safe in the increasingly complex online world.
At Year 10 the emphasis was on drugs, particularly alcohol. Why do people feel the need to use drugs? What strategies can you use to keep yourself and your mates safe?
For young men in Year 9 the focus was general health and wellbeing – hauora. What are the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of wellbeing and how can these be used to develop resilience?
These presentations build on content delivered at school, in particular through the Health curriculum. Additionally, at Years 9, 10 and 11 we partner with ACC and the DHB who deliver the Mates and Dates programme, while the Police and a range of other agencies deliver the Loves Me Not programme at Year 12.
“Attitude – the youth education division of Parenting Place – is dedicated to equipping teenagers with the information and skills they need to negotiate the adolescent years and build meaningful lives. The materials, based on credible research and linked to the health curriculum, give young people strategies for solving problems, handling stress, building resilience and negotiating relationships.”