It gives us great pleasure to announce the next parent workshop/talk, “Let’s Talk About…Sex Education”.

According to the Department of Basic Education, comprehensive sexual education has been a part of the Life Orientation curriculum since 2000. Through various initiatives focused on providing content about sex, sexuality, gender and relationships, Wynberg Girls’ High School enables young people to safely make decisions about their bodies and navigate the transition to adulthood.

This is a conversation that needs to extend beyond the classroom, so we have sought the assistance of Simone Oberholzer, a registered Masters-level qualified Social Worker. When Simone started her career she worked at a child protection organisation doing statutory work before moving to an NGO where she worked therapeutically with children who had experienced trauma and abuse. She completed her thesis in 2021 which focused on factors contributing to inappropriate sexual behaviours in teens. She is now completing her PhD in Social Work while lecturing at Stellenbosch. Her private practice, The Kind Centre (https://thekindcentre.co.za/), provides therapeutic support to children as well as various training and workshops for parents and professionals who work with children.

WGHS is extending this invite to Wynberg Boys’ High School parents and guardians as this needs to be a combined effort in educating our young people and having a broader conversation about bodies, consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.

Tragically, it is estimated that one in three South African children will be sexually abused in some way by age 17. By having open and honest conversations about bodies, sex and body rules we can help empower our learners and by doing so, contribute towards reducing this alarming statistic. So please join us for an engaging in-person talk to assist parents and guardians with gaining an understanding of what is ‘normal’ for a teen and how to start an open dialogue with your child about sex.

Date: Monday, 28 August 2023
Time: 18:30 – 20:00 (arrival from 18:00)
Place: Aileen Currie Hall, Wynberg Girls’ High School

Any queries may be sent to Amy Wilkinson (awilkinson@wynghs.co.za).