Porirua Col­lege puts sex in spot­light

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BRITTANY MANN

Sex was a hot topic at Porirua Col­lege last week.

More than 420 stu­dents from years 9 to 12 were treated to a ‘‘Sex­wise’’ pre­sen­ta­tion, in which four per­form­ers sang, danced and acted in an hour-long show that ex­plored themes of sex, sex­u­al­ity, ro­mance and friend­ship.

It also ad­dressed is­sues such as preg­nancy and sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.

Stu­dents re­sponded pos­i­tively to the ac­tors, who elicited loud laugh­ter through­out the show.

Af­ter­wards, the ac­tors held work­shops with the stu­dents to dis­cuss is­sues their char­ac­ters had faced.

Sex­wise, a Theatre in Health Ed­u­ca­tion Trust pro­duc­tion, was part of Porirua Col­lege’s an­nual health week.

It aimed to ad­dress spe­cific is­sues iden­ti­fied by the col­lege nurse, Bron­wyn Boele Van Hens­broek, and to con­sol­i­date the na­tional health cur­ricu­lum.

Through­out the week, stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in sports such as in­door bowls, ul­ti­mate fris­bee and Pa­cific aer­o­bics at lunchtime.

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, sport and health head teacher He­len Hard­wick said it was a great way for some stu­dents to get in­volved in sport when they other­wise might not, and to try new ones not nor­mally on of­fer.

A health expo was held in the hall last Thurs­day. Health pro­mot­ers from lo­cal health­care providers en­gaged with stu­dents on is­sues such as rheumatic fever, di­a­betes, sex­ual health and giv­ing up smok­ing.

Porirua has one of the high­est preva­lences of rheumatic fever in New Zealand. A rap com­pe­ti­tion on that theme was held to raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion.

Hard­wick said mes­sages about look­ing af­ter yourself were es­pe­cially im­por­tant at Porirua Col­lege. ‘‘As well as be­ing part of the cur­ricu­lum, it’s a life skill,’’ she said.

‘‘As a teacher, you want to fo­cus on teach­ing, but if the kids aren’t fit, healthy and well-fed, it’s hard to get them through a full day.’’

Photo: BRITTANY MANN

Sexy times:

Sex­wise theatre group per­form­ers, from left, Heidi Geissler, 23, Jas­mine Leota, 24, Ngahiriwa Rauhina, 28, and Hadley Tay­lor, 22.

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