5 April 2024
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Board of Trustees Health Consultation 2024

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

It is a requirement as part of the Education Act to consult the community every two years about the delivery of the Health Curriculum (see Section 91 of The Education and Training Act 2020). As such we would like you to review the School Health Statement and the way we implement the health curriculum at Glendowie School.

It is the Board’s responsibility to: resource this curriculum area, ensure professional development has been provided for the teachers, and ensure the teaching and learning programmes cover the NZ Curriculum.

We would like our parent community to either agree to the School Health Statement and the way we deliver the health curriculum or ask us to consider any suggestions for change. If there are no recommendations then no response from you is needed. The Board will consider any comments which arise from this consultation process.

The consultation period will be until Friday 3rd May 2024. Responses can be provided to the office or emailed to office@glendowie.school.nz. Please put the words “Health Consultation” in the subject. Data will be collated and the community will be advised of the results. The Board will adopt the revised school statement if changes are implemented on the delivery of the curriculum.

At Glendowie School, our health curriculum aligns with the school vision statement of We Care and develops the competencies, knowledge and skills of our students, to become lifelong learners, with the ability and confidence to adapt to change and accept challenges.

Glendowie School will implement a health programme based on the NZ curriculum in the four key areas of learning of: Mental Health, Relationships and Sexuality, Food & Nutrition, Body Care & Physical Safety.

Our approach to delivering the health programme in the primary years will be to integrate the key areas of learning within our PYP units so that they are relevant, engaging and challenging at each year level. We will also utilise other programmes and use outside facilitators, who will deliver content to strengthen our PYP units or address other needs we have identified. PYP units will be regularly reviewed in order to ensure that our Health programme is meeting the learning needs of our students.

Our Year 7 and 8 students will cover the New Zealand Health Curriculum through the Physical Education and Health subject. Our existing Health Statement will be updated to reflect the addition of the MYP after the consultation process.

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Current Statement

Health education at Glendowie school is designed to develop students to make health enhancing decisions for their personal well-being.

Glendowie School will implement a programme of health education based on the NZ curriculum.

The focus of the programme will be to give our students the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. We will encourage them to recognise the contribution they can make in helping to become purposeful citizens who will contribute to a caring community by identifying environmental factors and social influences, within the social context of people’s lives.

Our approach to delivering the curriculum will be to follow the direction of learning in the national curriculum and the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate (PYP). These programmes will make a difference to the pupil’s well-being and the well-being of their communities. The health programmes will be aligned to the PYP and its focus on the development of the whole child addressing the social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. The delivery of the curriculum involves the following:
  • The six-transdisciplinary themes of the PYP are explored through the units of inquiry and across each year level, and become the means through which our health topics are mainly delivered.
  • The PYP transdisciplinary skills of healthy lifestyle, codes of behaviour, and healthy choices compliment the units of inquiry focused on health.
  • The PYP attitudes of empathy, respect, tolerance and integrity support our healthy well-being programme.
  • The student profile attributes of students being well balanced, principled and caring, contribute to the development of the whole child.
Part of our consultation requirement is to inform parents on the way in which the school implements health and sexuality education programmes. Our health programmes have a holistic approach that include attitudes, values, a socio-ecological perspective and health promotion. These integrate with the following strands and key areas of learning: Personal Health and Physical Development, Movement Concepts and Motor skills, Relationships with Other People, Healthy Communicates and Environments.

The school is committed to supporting parents to guide their children in the area of relationships and sexuality education and does not encourage or support discussion about matters of sex or sexuality within the normal classroom programme. The school will arrange to teach puberty in Year 6 so that students understand the changes that are occurring to their bodies. These learning experiences will be conducted in consultation with parents, and parents will have the option of removing their child from these talks.

There are seven key areas of learning: mental health, sexuality education, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, physical activity, sport studies and outdoor education.

Sexuality education is considered as being a core part of every person and it contributes to each individual’s self-image, their sense of self-worth and their relationships with other people.

Our health programmes must also focus on the curriculum content objectives as confirmed through previous community consultation and which is part of our Curriculum Plan. Our health programme overview is inclusive of these curriculum objectives and shows the programmes the children will study as appropriate to each year level. The budget will reflect the level of financial resourcing and professional development needed to implement the programmes, including using a wide range of learning experiences to support the teaching and learning objectives.

The objectives will be reviewed as part of the major and minor focus of self-review, which are reported on to the Board.

Curriculum Content Objectives:
Children enjoy learning to: develop healthy practices of making informed choices, consider consequences, develop coping skills and manage personal feelings, practise and know how to act in the event of an emergency.

Children enjoy learning to focus on the following: self-esteem, peer pressure, concern for others, assisting students in making informed choices, developing a sense of caution about personal safety, healthy eating, knowledge and care of the body including fitness, a healthy environment promoting a healthy lifestyle; health and safety agencies in the community.