Primary sex class concern

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

WA Country Health Service has defended a sex education program rolled out at Albany primary schools involving students as young as nine making genitals out of fruit and vegetables.

A parent of a student at Woodbury Boston Primary School, in Kronkup, raised concerns about the program run by a nurse at the school recently for students aged nine to 12.

The mother, who did not wish to be named, posted about the lesson on social media which generated concerned comments.

However, WACHS Great Southern regional director David Naughton said the program was aimed at children and adolescents to provide accurate and reliable health and wellbeing education.

“Topics covered include healthy bodies, puberty, conception and pregnancy, menstruation and healthy relationships, and all resources, activities and exercises run as part of the program are part of a research-informed learning toolkit which has been rolled out in schools across the State,” he said.

Parents were given an information sheet prior to the lesson which outlined that students would be asked to identify male and female sexual and reproductive organs.

The mother of the Woodbury Boston student said her daughter told her the class was asked to think of all the crude name for genitals and were then shown a sex education video.

To finish the lesson the students were asked to make male and female genitals using fruit and vegetables.

“I was in shock as I believe that might be appropriate in a high school class, but not primary school aged children,” she said.

“They were then shown the video that went into details about the birds and bees and romantic relationships — which is not in the Year 5/6 curriculum and was the same video my eldest daughter saw in Year 10.

“Then the students were asked in groups to make a vagina or penis from fruit and vegetables with provided white noodles for pubic hair, the nurse went around encouraging more detail and when a child commented about what a waste of food it was, she replied, ‘Don’t worry you’ll be able to eat it when you’re done’.”

In a statement, Woodbury Boston said it welcomed feedback from parents.

“The school has contacted all parents of the students involved for feedback and will continue to deliver a protective behaviours approach in keeping with the feedback it has received,” it said.

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