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MONTREAL, MARCH 12, 2015 - For the second year in a row, Lester B. Pearson High School (11575 P.M. Favier) will devote an entire day to sex education on Wednesday, March 18 from 10:40 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

Vice-Principal Clorinda Antonacci emphasizes that the aim of the seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to discover and inform themselves about the various issues regarding sex and sexuality. They will each select three sessions from the choices below.

Media Sex and Relationships

This workshop, facilitated by Spiritual Community Animator Elizabeth Pellicone, will be divided into three parts, with each helping to understand the wider theme of healthy romantic relationships: What are they and what are they not? What is the mass media’s influence on young people’s perceptions and pre-conceived notions of love, sex and relationships? There will also be a brief discussion on sex in film and its impact. Short videos will be shown in order to clarify points being made.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who are you? Who should you be? How comfortable are you with your sexuality? Guidance Counsellor Natasha Krsteski will lead this interactive workshop and help explore the different aspects of sexuality and the impact it has on our lives. This will be done in a safe and non-judgmental space.

Lovers in a Dangerous Relationship

This seminar will look at what are romantic relationships. Other relationships will be explored as well. Facilitator Daniela Passucci, a social worker at the school, will talk about what constitutes a good and bad relationship. This will provide students with insight and resources available to help anyone who might be in an unhealthy relationship. Discussion on self-image and body image will also be discussed. This seminar will allow for a question period and all questions may / will be anonymous.

Contraception & STIs Oh My!

This seminar, facilitated by science teachers Mario Barba, Safa Ziga, Ms. Sue Cristiano and some CLSC nurses, will look at the various types of contraception available on the market for both men and women. What are the advantages and disadvantages of various contraception? Are there side effects to certain contraception? Statistics will be given to support the importance of contraception. What is the morning after pill? What are the advantages and disadvantages as well as the services that are available at the youth clinic at the CLSC? What are STIs? With all the information out there why is there an increase of STIs in our society? The seminar will look at the various STIs and treatments as well how they are transmitted from person to person. Prevention and statistics available on STIs will be discussed.

Sex, Drugs, and the Law.

When you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol are you still responsible for your actions? Is sex consensual when you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol? This seminar, facilitated by Socio Community Police Officer Anthony Cardazzi and Nurse Marie Helen Mathieu, will inform students about their rights. It also looks at the health risks you place yourself in and what you need to do to avoid any health issues.

To Sex or Not to Sex-ting, that is the question!

What is texting, sexting, and cyber bullying? Are these forms socially acceptable? Are there legal aspects that you need to know about? How does social media help cloud what is acceptable and what is not? Nurse Maria Di Matteo and Nurse Edithe Clement will show short video clips to help bring light to this very dark and frequently shadowed topic.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213