2 September 2022
RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS OVERVIEW
As many parents would be aware from my previous Eagle articles, Marcellin College has implemented the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (Respectful Relationships) Program in 2022. The Respectful Relationships Program supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Respectful Relationships aligns with the Victorian Curriculum and aims to engage learners to:
- recognise and regulate emotions
- develop empathy for others and understand relationships
- establish and build a framework for positive relationships
- work effectively in teams and develop leadership skills.
Along with the points mentioned above, the program is designed to enable students to recognise personal qualities, understand identity and strategies for respectful relationships. The lessons covered include the themes around respectful relationship education including:
- naming body parts
- physical and social changes
- changes and transitions within puberty and
- investigate and evaluate services/strategies that promote health and wellbeing
- managing relationships
- emotional responses to behaviours
- media’s influence on attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.
The curriculum follows a continuum of learning through which students progress through concepts based on their development age and stage of learning. Respectful Relationships also allows students to engage in skills to build resilience, focusing on:
- identifying difference in ourselves and others
- identify strategies to face new or challenging situations
- develop confidence, adaptability and self-reflections.
Finally, the Respectful Relationships program provides student with an opportunity to consider diverse perspectives with the topics of:
- identifying family differences
- examine differences in people
- recognise stereotypes and discrimination
- personal, social and cultural factors that influence our relationships.
The program continues to be delivered each Wednesday here at Marcellin College on our Wellbeing Wednesdays and we encourage parents and carers to discuss the content covered with their sons.
Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing