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School Programs & Community Presentations

Let's talk about periods!

School Programs (Grade 5 & 6)

Menstruation is a topic that is unfortunately still very taboo and studies show there is a relationship between a girls/woman’s sense of themselves/self-esteem and the quality of relationship they have with their periods. The long-held veil of shame, humiliation, uncleanliness or even just uncomfortableness is still ingrained in the threads of society. Through these open and empowering discussions we can support young people to break down these falsities and see a girl’s development into becoming a woman, as the very real, normal, natural and beautiful progression that it is and that it is something for her to embrace and understand rather than hide and be ashamed or inconvenienced by. 

When both girls and boys understand and value how their bodies work, there is much more space for basic decency and respect for themselves and each other. 

As part of the Health/PE curriculum these health programs are on offer to Grade 5 & 6's to support girls & boys by providing a space to talk, ask questions and to learn about menstrual and reproductive health in a positive and empowering way. 

For the Girls:

We work over 3 x 60 minute sessions per group and will be covering the following topics:

  • What is menstruation?

  • When do changes start happening?

  • Understanding the ebb and flow of the menstrual cycle – how can we work with it rather than against it?

  • Debunking the myths and misconceptions about menstruation.

  • What is ovulation and when does it happen?

  • Appreciating the intricate nature of hormones and how they work.

  • Exploring self-care and how to listen to your body. 

  • Being practical – how to support yourself in difficult, challenging & potentially painful times/situations.

  • Understanding emotions and PMS and practical ways to deal with this. 

For the boys:

We work with 90 minute session for the boys. 

We present a modified version for them to gain a deeper respect, understanding and appreciation for the intricate and delicate nature of a girls/woman’s body. This in turn, allows them to reflect on the wonder of their own bodies and the changes that also occur for them but in different ways. Space will be provided for the boys to ask lots of questions and to share some of the challenges they may feel growing up from a boy to a man. 

Community Presentations

Educating parents, teachers & our communities on how to educate &  to talk to children about all things menstruation.

In a society where menstruation is still very much taboo and even the word ‘period’ itself is still something we shy away from, awareness and education is paramount to bring a deeper understanding to this very normal and natural part of our lives.

It doesn’t matter if you have girls or boys, young or older children or no children at all, whether you are a man or a woman – this is a topic we ALL need to learn about and through our discussions we begin to lift the veil of secrecy & shame,  providing girls an empowering education that delivers the truth about their bodies.

''Let's talk about periods' is a 2 hour presentation for parents, teachers & community members. You will learn the ins and outs of what a menstrual cycle is, how to support girls, about hormones & why they are so important, as well as busting the myths & misconceptions that are still prevalent in our society. 

Topics of discussion:

  • Myths & Misconceptions. 

  • Understanding the menstrual cycle.

  • How to talk to your children about menstruation.

  • When is the right time to have the conversation?

  • Understanding hormones & why they are so important.

  • What options does my daughter have for contraception?

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"With body image & self-esteem being a huge challenge for growing girls in today’s world, having an appreciation of the wonder and magic that their body is constantly providing is absolutely essential. We could say, it is the most important relationship they will ever have" ~ Sara