Family Life Education

Parent Sessions
Research indicates that children and adolescents prefer to seek information about sex and sexuality from their parents more than any other source and perceive their parents’ advice to be trustworthy.  Many parents are not only uncomfortable in   discussing the topic of sex, but feel inadequate in their own understanding of sexuality and anatomy.  So what can a parent do?  First things first, DON’T PANIC! Getting uncomfortable, fretting, being embarrassed, avoidance etc. all communicate indirectly to the developing person something about sex and sexuality, namely that it is a topic to be avoided and not discussed.  
 
This message could lead the child to seek the knowledge that one must have about themselves from less reputable sources that could put the child at risk of harm. Sexuality and inevitably sex, are not topics that can be ignored.  The reality of both is physically present in the very nature of our bodies.  Boys and girls have unique physical differences, but the inquisitive child, as he or she develops will inevitably ask, why?  Children need to know the truth, because whatever they are told they will believe as the truth. 

If you have very young children it is a good idea to prepare yourself!

These sessions are designed to help parents feel comfortable talking to their child about this area of development.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact us on (07)4041 7365 or email: admin@nfscairns.org
School Programs

Our FLE program in schools is a sexualities and relationships education program, which extends from years 1 to 12. This program is grounded in a values framework, and has as its focus the healthy affective sexual maturation of the student and the supporting of family structures as the primary source of development in this matter. We believe it is the obligation and right of the parent to be the primary educator in matters of sexuality and relationships, and as such, all our sessions seek to foster the appreciation of this role of the parent.
So what does values framework mean?
Our FLE Program is delivered through a values framework, meaning, unlike other sexuality and relationship programs our primary goal is NOT health outcomes, but rather the healthy affective sexual maturation of the student. This means that the content of the program, while containing primarily biological, physiological and other health related information, is focussed on how the student integrates this content in their life choices and attitudes towards themselves, their family and other people. While health outcomes are not our primary focus, we believe that choices based on these values will necessarily inform better health outcomes. 
The Wonder of Living Program
The Wonder Of Living program is a combination of movies and educator led class discussions on the wonder of life.  The discussion centres around a dialogue of sharing with the children that supports an appreciation and valuing of ‘the self’ as unique and special.  The discussion highlights how family is important and special, being a foundation on which to build a personal valuing of human sexuality consistent with parental instruction.  
Comments
  • Children were fascinated and engaged throughout and were responsive. Thank you. The presenter sensitively gave all the facts and explained them in a child friendly manner. (Year 2 Teacher) 
  •  The presentation was a brilliant intro to my little girl knowing about the wonderful miracle of life. (Year 1 Parent)    
  • Great way to present this information to this age group.  Good way to encourage discussion at home as well. Easy and simple for them to understand. (Year 3 Parent)    
For further information about the wonder of living movies and other wonderful resources please visit www.opendoors.com.au
Puberty Presentations  

 Over the years NFS Puberty Talks have proven to be very effective methods of helping young people negotiate the onset of Puberty.  The session offers useful advice, information, strategies and support to help students understand what is normal and what to expect during puberty.  Puberty sessions are always conducted in gender specific groups and preferably in both Years 5 and 6 separately.  Where necessary, specialised programs are designed for a combined Year 5 and 6 audience. 


Comments
  • I learnt to talk about it and to know there is nothing wrong with you, you are alright.  
  • I liked that it was a really open talk, all my questions were answered. 
  • I’d never heard of a period pack before.  
  • I learnt about all of the ways our body will change and I feel a lot more confident about being prepared because now I know how to be prepared.   
  • The presenter presents with understanding & honesty and his rapport encourages openness – the students felt safe to discuss issues.  Excellent!  (Teacher)     
  • The Presenter was warm and engaging: she was spot on with content and interaction. The girls really appreciated this and would have gained a lot. (Teacher)      
Year 7—12 Presentations
Presentations for students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 cover the following topics:
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Sexually transmitted Infections
  • All Methods of Family Planning
  • Life choices 
Student Comments
  • Definitely educational but with the perfect balance of humour. Thank you.  (Year 9 Student) 
  • Beautiful presentation and appealing language to provide a happier approach while still retaining the seriousness of the talk.  (Year 11 Student) 
  • Presenting has been good since the first session I had in Year 7, please continue.  Good work. (Year 12 Student)
 Committed to educating the general public in fertility and sexuality awareness.