The following information provides greater detail on the Year 9 workshop:
Year 9s, alcohol and parties
This workshop focuses on alcohol, with an emphasis on ‘positive norms’, i.e., how many young people choose not to drink alcohol. Students will be asked to discuss what the term ‘drunk’ means and in what contexts they may have to deal with alcohol-affected people. Basic life skills will also be discussed around alcohol-related emergencies in relation to Year 9 students, ensuring that they understand that they are unable to look after a drunk person at their age and the importance of calling for help. Students will also be given the opportunity to discuss age-appropriate help-seeking behaviour, including the ‘recovery position’, during the session.
As a result of this workshop students should be able to identify:
- That most Year 9 students do not drink alcohol
- That there are no safe places to be drunk and all environments entail a certain degree of risk
- That a Year 9 student is not able to look after a drunk person on their own and will need to seek assistance
- It is important to develop rules around alcohol and teenage parties that may reduce associated risks
Prior to delivery of the session, teachers will be asked to ensure students complete an anonymous, online questionnaire in order for the facilitator to tailor the content for the group. Once the session has been completed another online survey will be provided to then evaluate the effectiveness of the workshop. The data collected will be provided to the school to assist teachers in further planning and subsequent education in this area.
Please note: As it is an interactive workshop, we will require the an appropriate number of year level teachers to assist with supervision.
Once the workshop has been conducted it is important that a follow-up activity is conducted by the school. Research shows that ‘stand-alone’ information sessions are not best practice and DARTA strongly encourages teachers to discuss the content of the presentation with the students. This does not need to be a formal lesson, with a simple classroom discussion likely to assist the students in working through the messages delivered during the session. If teachers wish to do more, a number of post-workshop activities have been provided.
This workshop is aligned with the new Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum covering one of the focus areas suggested for Years 9 and 10 students, i.e., alcohol and other drugs. It also covers required content descriptions within the Personal, Social and Community Health area.