Growth & Development

See ideas and resources below that support growth and development. This topic includes strategies and activities related to body image, diversity, healthy relationships, human development and sexual health, living skills (e.g., self-awareness, communication and social skills, thinking skills), self-efficacy and self-esteem.

Resources for growth and development

  • Check Ophea and the Ministry of Education for support in implementing the Health and Physical Education curriculum for grades 1 - 12.
  • Check EduGAINS to learn more about key changes to the Elementary and Secondary curriculum.
  • Ask your elementary school's Public Health Nurse (PHN) how they may support you with the new curriculum for grades 7 and 8.
  • Visit Institute for Catholic Education for Ontario Catholic Curriculum, resources, and parent guides
  • Sex&U provides sexual health information for youth, parents, health professionals and teachers

Schools receiving targeted services may contact their assigned PHN to book an interactive discussion for students in grades 9-12. Alongside the teacher, the PHN will guide the class with school board-approved visual aids and learning activities. Sessions you can book include:

  • STI Prevention
  • Pregnancy Prevention (HWDSB only)
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Provide opportunities to discuss healthy relationships and self-esteem. Celebrate the similarities and differences that exist within the classroom.
  • Encourage students to become involved in activities that reflect the diversity of the school community such as positive space clubs, diversity clubs or health action teams. Speak to your school administrator and/or PHN for more information.
  • Identify resources and supports and collaborate with students to build an environment that encourages positive self-esteem, body image, self-confidence and healthy sexuality.
  • Create displays or multimedia content that depicts the school's diversity and addresses healthy growth and development topics.

Check these resources: