The health of our bodies, minds, and spirits informs all that lies before us throughout our lifetime. The goal of the health education department is to lead students in understanding that our individual health does not stand alone but is integrated into every aspect of our lives. Our aim is to help students develop the vital skills of decision making, communication, values clarification, and accessing valid health information. Health Education courses are developmentally appropriate and cover a range of health topics including sexuality, mental health, safety, alcohol and drug use, nutrition and healthy eating, and fitness. Health education is interdisciplinary by its very nature, which is why we continually collaborate with both the science and physical education department.
840 Health Education 10
required minor | grade: 10 (half year)
This course focuses on sexuality, mental health, mindfulness, and alcohol and other drug use. Sexuality is presented in a holistic manner, and the topics include defining all aspects of human sexuality, gender and society, reproductive health, and building and maintaining healthy relationships. The discussions on alcohol and other drugs address the physiological, legal and social aspects of drug use. A main focus of the mental health unit is how to recognize when someone needs help and how to seek help for yourself or others. Another focus is on mindfulness and stress management techniques. Sleep, addiction, depression, anxiety and disordered eating are also addressed. All topics in the course are explored through information gathering, analyzing of media, personal reflection and discussion. A strong emphasis is placed throughout the course on personal decision making and communication.
860 Life Issues
required minor | grade: 12 (full year)
The objective of the Life Issues course is to provide students with the information and tools they need to navigate their senior year and the transition into the next phase of their life, including college. The grade is divided into small sections that meet once a week all year. A portion of the course is devoted to college advising and grade advising. The remainder focuses on a list of topics that the students help generate, including personal finance, mental health and mood disorders, happiness, stress, basic car maintenance, resume writing and business communications, personal safety, healthy romantic relationships, maintaining a strong relationship with parents and family, buying and preparing food, physical intimacy, sexual consent, bystander intervention, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sexual identity, social media, and alcohol and drug use. We recognize that many parents and caregivers are also reflecting on how to prepare students for their lives after GFS.