Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) in Secondary

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) in Secondary

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is a school subject through which students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help students to stay healthy, safe in a number of different ways, and also prepares them for life and work in the modern world. PSHE helps students to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. It is a subject about life, learning and skills beyond single academic subjects.

In PSHE at Kinabalu International School, students explore various topics that fall under three categories: ‘Relationships’, ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Living in the Wider World’. They also explore and practise what it means to be a Global Citizen – an important and incredibly relevant area of focus, particularly given our status as a truly International School.

Students work towards developing six learning and thinking skills, which will be beneficial for them across the curriculum. PSHE in class activities will help them develop as:
• Effective participators
• Independent enquirers
• Creative thinkers
• Reflective learners
• Team workers
• Self-managers

Last week our, Secondary students had their first PSHE session of the academic year. Each class started by forming a Class Respect Agreement, to ensure a supportive learning environment, whilst they explore the following topics this half term:
• Year 7: Support networks & friendships
• Year 8: Human Rights
• Year 9: The Media & body image
• Year 10: Assertiveness & healthy relationships
• Year 11: The cost & consequences of substance abuse

PSHE often involves students discussing and sharing opinions on potentially difficult topics. It is our philosophy at KIS that the spreading of awareness and knowledge about these topics is the most effective educator and pre-emptive step necessary to simultaneously protect, teach and inspire deeper thought about some of the most important aspects of what it means to be a young child or young adult growing up in today’s world. Society, media, technology, expectations and pressures on young people are constantly evolving, and as a school we have a duty to equip our students for their development and progress as they make their way through their time in education and beyond.

Miss Giverny Dobson
PSHE Coordinator