Pupils tack­ling pu­berty with help

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

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.

‘Peo­ple are go­ing through emo­tional changes so be care­ful what you say and don’t any­one.’ tease

— MAX

Palmer­ston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal stu­dents from left, Olivia Mor­ri­son, So­phie Peters, Ni­co­las Verry and Max Hodg­son with Life Ed­u­ca­tion’s Tim Jones and Harold.

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