Face the Facts: The Secondary Program is here!
We kicked off the year with the Life Education Secondary Program, Face the Facts being delivered in Victorian schools. Life Education Victoria is expanding its scope to now encompass pre-school, primary, secondary and adult education programs.
Working very closely with Koonung Secondary College during the pilot phase, Face the Facts, is focused on providing drug education to high school students through modules on tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, and other illegal drugs.
Sessions have already been delivered to year 7-10 students and we are now taking bookings.
A collaboration with Life Education South Australia
The success of the Secondary Program in South Australia has led to our team there acting as consultants in the implementation of the Victorian program. Ros Doudle and Bob Morcom in the South Australian office have been instrumental in organising and arranging the pilot program schedule with Koonung SC. Bob has presented the program during Term 1, and has trained the new Victorian Relationships Program Coordinator (RPCs) in the delivery of Face the Facts.
Without the support and participation of Ros and Bob, we may not have seen the level of success that this initiative has achieved.
The ACER partnership
The Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) has been instrumental with the pilot program at Koonung College and Life Education Victoria. ACER, in conjunction with Life Education Victoria, has been developing surveys for students to complete before and after our sessions. The data gained from the surveys will be collated and provided to the school to support their social and emotional curriculum requirements.
Adult Education Sessions for Parents and Teachers at Secondary Schools
Alongside the introduction of the secondary modules to Victorian High Schools, Life Education Victoria has been developing forums to present to parents and teachers. These forums are designed to support a whole school approach to health education, and cover four topics: Nutrition and Physical Activity, Digital Literacy and CyberSafety, Resilience and Drug Education. These forums are now available for schools to book!
--- By Tom Cox
Relationships Program Coordinator