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The end of the year is often a time when young people celebrate reaching milestones. Schools play an integral role educating young people about how to celebrate safely, make informed decisions and take actions to protect their own health and the health of others.
The mandatory PDHPE K–10 curriculum provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to party safely and lead healthy and rewarding lives. It provides young people with opportunity to explore personal safety and health-enhancing actions, while developing strategies to promote safe behaviours.
In PDHPE K-6, students explore:
- how to make positive health choices
- effects of alcohol on the body
- peer influence on decision making
- personal safety and risk-taking
- basic first aid procedures.
In PDHPE Years 7-10, students explore:
- why people use or do not use drugs
- the consequences of drug use on individuals and communities
- short and long term effects of illicit drug use
- influences on alcohol use, binge drinking and cannabis use
- effects of drug use on relationships
- influences on health decision-making and risk behaviours
- protective strategies to effectively recognise risk and manage personal safety
- strategies to minimize harm
- basic first aid
- personal safety plans.
Community organisations can support schools in advocating the positive health behaviours young people require to celebrate safely.
The following websites may be of use when delivering content relating to celebrating safely.
- Reach Out – Safe partying
- Kids Help Line - Safe party planning
- NSW Police Force – Remember nights out for the right reasons
- National Binge Drinking Strategy
- Better Health – Partying safely: tips for teenagers
- Safe partying for all ages
For more information, contact:
Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE