Pupils tackling puberty with help
Puberty can be a minefield, but Palmerston North Normal Intermediate students Olivia Morrison, Sophie Peters, Nicolas Verry and Max Hodgson say they’ve got the answers to understanding the topic.
They said Life Education teacher Tim Jones helped them to navigate what to expect and how to manage puberty.
Max: “Make sure you wash regularly, drink a lot of water, and get plenty of sleep.
“People are going through emotional changes so be careful what you say and don’t tease anyone.”
Nicolas: “Sleep refreshes your body for the new day. Water keeps you hydrated and exercise to keep you active.”
Olivia said puberty means you are growing up.
“It’s leadership and there are challenges. It can be an awkward time but you have to be really mature about it.”
Sophie said it’s important to not be a bystander if someone needs help.
“Puberty is a time to be supportive and be there for people to talk through things to find a solution to whatever is bothering them. And you can talk to an adult for them.” Each of the year 7 and 8 students said Tim took the awkwardness out of the topic and made it humorous and comfortable.
“Tim took the edge off it by using Harold, and he used humour which made it lighter,” Max said. Nicolas said Tim kept it serious but made it fun which softened the topic.
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Palmerston North Intermediate Normal students from left, Olivia Morrison, Sophie Peters, Nicolas Verry and Max Hodgson with Life Education’s Tim Jones and Harold.