Mind the Gap!
One of the marvels of working in a Junior School environment is the rapid growth and development of our students over a short period of time. One minute our students are learning to read and the next they are solving geometry problems! It all seems to happen so fast and each year of primary school is distinct in terms of how we engage, teach, learn, lead and grow together.
It is imperative that as educators, we are aware of these shifts that influence our students academically, neurologically, socially and emotionally; and, importantly that we are able to support and educate the girls about what is happening to them too!
So, at the end of September, we will be hosting Enrichment Days for Grade 5-7 students, addressing study skills, wellness, examination technique and teen talks. If you were unable to join us for the Parent Information, we would like to share some insights into the programme with you. The Grade 6 and 7s will have a 2 day session, and the Grade 5s will have a 1 day session held on the 27th of September (see the * section in the table for the topics that will be covered)
At this stage, we will not be hosting a Grade 4 enrichment programme. While we have given this due consideration, we believe that this programme is most relevant from Grade 5 onward, for two particular reasons. Firstly, the Grade 4s are not exposed to formalized cycle tests or examinations yet, and secondly, most of the girls have not begun to develop. As a result, we have decided that we will offer a similar programme to the girls at the beginning of their Grade 5 year, when it will be most beneficial.
The Teen Talks run by Education for Living (FAMSA) will broadly cover the following aspects:
Puberty, hormonal changes, menstruation, bodily changes.
Recap of puberty, hormonal changes, menstruation, bodily changes as covered in Grade 5 Teen Talks, including bodily changes for boys.
Fertilisation, conception, pregnancy and birth, relationships.
Include revision from Grade 5 and 6 Teen Talks. Contraception, STIs, HIV and AIDS. Healthy and unhealthy relationships.
The talks are focused on factual information and any values-based questions are reflected on personally. The girls are encouraged to talk about what they learn at school, with you at home following the talk. We have also deliberately provided a sound length of time prior to the talks happening at school should you wish to have any discussions at home.
We look forward to a meaningful enrichment programme and continued parent partnerships with you going forward.
Dr Marisa di Terlizzi – Head of Senior Primary