Sexual health programme for secondary school students
THETA currently has an agreement with the Ministry of Health to deliver Sexwise:
To rangatahi/youth across New Zealand in Year 9 - 13 schools and alternative education. A focus on North Island low decile (1-6) or similarly rated EQI schools and schools with a high percentage of Māori and Pacific Island students.
2024 marks the 35th year THETA’s programmes have been participated in by rangatahi/youth in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Check out the Sexwise website here.
THETA recognises that we will be your guests and that your school is ultimately responsible for your health education programme. We support schools to use Sexwise as part of an integrated approach that enhances delivery of the sexual health component of the The New Zealand Curriculum. Sexwise will encourage meaningful communication between students, their Family and Whānau, the school community, and local health providers.
Please note that Sexwise may trigger unresolved personal issues in some participants. It is an expectation that all settings who accept Sexwise also have robust policies and processes in place to support students to be able to disclose sexual violence safely and sensitively. The actors presenting Sexwise have received guidance around managing disclosures and will refer students on to support services within the school in the first instance. They are not trained counsellors.
Consultation with Family and Whānau
Should you request it during registration, a preview of Sexwise may be held for Family and Whānau, Boards of Trustees, Staff and the wider school community before students participate in the programme. A preview requires the school to actively promote attendance at an evening event, of usually ninety minutes to two hours duration.
THETA recommends that schools consult with parents / caregivers before and after Sexwise You may take photos of the performance for your school newsletter etc.
Sexwise links to the Sexuality Education Key Area of Learning in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum and the values, key competencies and principles of The New Zealand Curriculum, which promotes the vision of helping young people to be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.
The Sexwise performance and workshop aims to initiate student recognition of, and discussion about:
Personal Health and Physical development
Relationships with other people
Healthy communities and environments
Teachers should use the programme as a learning focus to enhance the programmes they plan for their students.
To challenge and motivate rangatahi/youth to discuss, explore and reflect on behaviours that affect their health and that of others, with reference to current accurate information.
To provide theatre in education that:
The educational objectives of the programme are linked to the Achievement Objectives (levels 4-8) stated in the Health and Physical Education part of The New Zealand Curriculum document.
Two 50 minute sessions:
To enable the best outcome, it is preferable that students participate in both components of the programme during the same school day. In most circumstances, THETA recommends that students workshop in their normal peer group settings. However please consider the cultural safety of your students and we will timetable separate gender sessions if requested to do so.