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Life Orientation Department
At St John’s, we have revised our Life Orientation Curriculum to attempt to answer the question: “What should we be teaching our boys?”

The answer, based on an answer given by a philosopher 400 years ago, is: “Those things which they will use when they are men.”

As boys progress from Upper 1 to Upper 3, our curriculum now includes a wide variety of topics to assist their development, such as:

  • self-esteem, popularity and coping with feelings of inadequacy
  • the importance of good manners and social skills
  • dealing with the problem of bullying
  • family relationships and the importance of tolerance of other cultures and religions
  • conservation and environmental issues
  • research skills which teach ways of finding, evaluating, using, and reflecting on information
  • thinking skills which help boys to think laterally and critically, make decisions, draw conclusions and interpret and analyse problems
  • time management and organizational skills
  • mind-mapping and study skills to help boys cope better with their homework, termly assessments and exams
  • the importance of recognising different learning styles, and using multiple intelligences
  • health, diet and exercise and the importance of maintaining a healthy balance
  • dealing with death and bereavement
  • sex education, puberty, manhood
  • the dangers and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse
  • effective communication, including the importance of body language and gesture
  • leadership skills
  • dealing with electronic media and e-relationships: Mxit, Facebook
  • self-knowledge, resilience, attitude and perseverance
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