null 2017 Supporting Schools to Deliver Effective SRE Symposium

2017 Supporting Schools to Deliver Effective SRE Symposium



Curtin University's Sexuality and Relationships Education Teacher Development Project


Friday 1st September, 2017


8.00am - 4.00pm


Curtin University, Bentley, WA


A symposium dedicated to sexuality and relationships education (SRE) was recently organised and facilitated by Curtin University. Titled ‘Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships 2017: Supporting schools to deliver effective sexuality and relationships education’, the specialised event engaged 150 teachers, community school nurses, pre-service teachers, and organisations working in this area.

Participants were welcomed at the Stakeholder Showcase, featuring helpful resources from 12 agencies including the WA Department of Health, Safe 4 Kids, Safe Schools Coalition WA and Sexual Health Quarters.

In the morning session, we were honoured to listen to Jenny Walsh from La Trobe University present about empowering children from K-10 through SRE.

Dino Minalis and Antoniett Halden from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) spoke about a strengths-based approach to health education, and Maryrose Baker from WA Health (Sexual Health and BBV Program) delivered ‘The Teachers’ GDHR – ongoing improvement for our clientele.

A highlight of the day was the ‘Stories From the Field’ session which enabled delegates to hear from their peers about their approach to this very challenging area. This session is proving to be highly valuable, and schools and teachers are encouraged to share their challenges and successes at the next symposium in 2019.

There was ample choice in the afternoon workshops, which allowed delegates to identify topics relevant to their needs, with plenty of practical ideas to teach biological concepts; social and emotional concepts; and protective behaviour concepts to students.

We wish to thank all the delegates who made a special effort to leave their classrooms and workplaces for the day to network with us, and to all the speakers for their highly engaging presentations. There was a definite buzz in the room that we need to continue to support this sector – so please watch this space for more professional learning opportunities.

Videos of each Keynote Address and Stories from the Field sessions held in the morning session of the program are available to view online by clicking on the links below:

Keynote Address:

Stakeholder Showcase: Stories from the Field

  • Protective Behaviours – a whole school approach [Rebecca Whiteley; Riverside Education Support Centre]
  • School Nurses - Stories from the Field [Nicola Coleman & Chris Dillon; Child & Adolescent Community Health]
  • Walking hand in hand – a shared perspective on sexual education [Craig Stein; Maida Vale Primary School]
  • Boys Club at Kensington Secondary School [Julia Johns & Blake Polmear; Kensington Secondary School]
  • The RULER Approach – a whole school approach to social and emotional learning [Katy Howes; Presbyterian Ladies College]

The Symposium Program and PowerPoint presentations of the Concurrent Workshop Sessions held in the afternoon, are available to download below as PDF documents:


Symposium Program
Right from the Start - Jenny Walsh Keynote address
WA Health-Maryrose Baker Keynote address
Protective Behaviours: A Whole School Approach - Stories from the Field
School Nurses -Stories from the Field
Walking hand in hand: a shared perspective on sexual education -Stories from the Field
Boys Club at Kensington Secondary - Stories from the Field
The RULER Approach - a whole school approach to social and emotional learning - Stories from the Field
Primary SRE Planning Assessment and Reporting [workshop]
Secondary SRE Planning Assessment and Reporting [workshop]
Creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTI [workshop]
How to teach The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships [workshop]
Protective Behaviours, but so much more [workshop]
Welcome to the SECCA App: An innovative SRE tool for children with special needs [workshop]
GDHR: A new unit-themed approach to delivering SRE in the secondary classroom [workshop]
Setting up your classroom to deliver SRE [workshop]
Sexual health education: contraception - SHQ [workshop]
STI and BBV Youth Epidemiology - WAAC [workshop]