THEY weren’t learning maths or English, but the lessons received by Year 9 students at Peel High School yesterday were arguably just as valuable.
The students were participating in a program on domestic violence and sexual assault called Love Bites, considering such issues as what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, what consent is, and different forms of sexual assault.
During the full-day program students watched various scenarios on video and engaged in discussions on the material presented.
Joblink Plus community engagement and activities co-ordinator Paul Stevenson said the program aimed to give young people the information they needed to make good choices when it came to relationships, including knowing what was acceptable, where their boundaries were, and what their expectations were.
The program aimed not to judge kids on their choices, he said, but to give them the information they needed to make suitable choices.
Mr Stevenson said the program targeted high school kids because that was the age they began to enter relationships.
While students knew “the birds and bees”, he said, it was important to ensure they also knew what constituted a good relationship for them, with some kids coming from backgrounds where family violence was the norm.
He said the program had been delivered in other schools in the area and he wanted to see it reach all schools in Tamworth.
Joblink Plus, Tamworth Family Support Services and police are involved in delivering Love Bites in this area.