Students begin by exploring ways of dealing with change, especially the social and emotional aspects of transition from primary to secondary school, including the issue of bullying. Students quickly learn that bullying is not the ‘Cobden Technical School way’, with alternative methods of conflict resolution explored and the concept of resilience advocated.

Learning then focuses on the changes associated with adolescence by identifying what changes have already occurred and what changes (physical, social and emotional) they can expect to experience in coming years.

Students also begin to explore and clarify their own emerging personal values and how they could be used to improve their health. They explore actions at personal, family and societal levels that influence their choices in developing strategies to minimise harm and to protect their own and others’ health; students learn how to access reliable information, products and services available to them in the community and school environments.

Students reflect on the range of influences on personal food intake: peers, advertising, mass media, mood, convenience, habit, cultural beliefs and values, and access to food products. They explore topical issues related to eating and factors that influence their own food selection. Students reflect on the nutritional requirements for...