|Health Consultation 2012|
Under Section 60B of the Education Act 1989 (as amended in 2001), boards of trustees are required to produce a written statement about how the school will implement health education, inform the school community about the content of the health education components of the curriculum, and consult with members of the school community regarding the way in which the school should implement health education.
The process of this consultation requires information on the proposed health education programme being presented to the school community, providing an opportunity for the school community to comment, then comments being considered before confirming the health education programme. This process is to occur every 2 years.
Health and physical education is one of the eight essential learning areas of The New Zealand Curriculum. Furthermore, it is a compulsory subject until the end of year ten.
Although there are seven key areas of learning in the Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, the four areas specifically covered in Health education are:
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Due to sexuality education being a key learning area to be covered in the health curriculum, and yet of a controversial nature, provision has been made for individual parents of students enrolled in any state school to write to the principal to request that their child/children be excluded from specified parts of the health programme related to sexuality education.
The principal is required to ensure that the student is excluded from the relevant tuition and that the student is supervised during that time. This requirement does not extend to exclusion at any other time when a teacher deals with a question raised by another student that relates to sexuality education.
To provide parents with the information needed to make informed decisions, supplied in detail below are the unit overviews of each unit including sexuality education.
Health overview and sexuality education unit details
Documents can be found below detailing the units taught in Health at Tauraroa Area School form years 1-10, and the sexuality education unit outlines for years 6, 8, 9 and 10.