Rockingham Montessori School first to implement RELATE health program

Rockingham Montessori School first to implement RELATE health program

ROCKINGHAM Montessori School is the first school in WA to implement the new RELATE health education program for its students, increasing their knowledge and understanding about relationships and sexuality in an interactive way.

“RELATE is based on the latest respectful relationships research, and is relevant to the needs and concerns of young people,” relate author Sue Dimitrijevich said.

“Evidence shows that class teachers are best-placed to run relationships and sexuality education programs as they best know their students and their backgrounds,” she said.

“However, many teachers do not feel confident with their ability to deliver lessons on such sensitive topics, and RELATE allows them to gain these skills.”

Developed by Sexual Health Quarters, RELATE addresses the hot topics of sexting and sharing of nude photos online through developing digital media and health literacy skills.

“With recent media reports around teenage pornography rings and young people using dating apps, the value of programs like RELATE cannot be underestimated,” Ms Dimitrijevich said.

RELATE is linked to the WA Health Education curriculum and provides a comprehensive term’s program for years 8, 9 and 10, delving into sensitive topics around ethical behaviour and consent at age-appropriate levels.

“RELATE increases students’ knowledge, understanding and skills about assertive communication and respect in all relationships,” said Ms Dimitrijevich.

“Relationships are not all about sex: they are about trust, respect and consent.”

“Rockingham Montessori is the first school to implement the RELATE training program, working closely alongside an SHQ educator. We commend them for their proactive approach to sexuality and relationships education for their students.”

More information visit http://shq.org.au/relate/