JULY 2019 20 NEWS

THE Archdiocesan Marriage Family & Relationships team visited Sacred Heart Cootamundra this week to present the Choices Deci- sions Outcomes program to the Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students. The MFR team visits every year to take students through a sequential program which helps them focus on the importance of learning how to build strong, healthy, friendships of mutual respect. This builds foundational skills for any future committed relationship in which each person is to be genuinely valued and loved. This year three new young recruits, Georgia Breynard, Jake Wenger and Neve Tually trained as presenters and were a hit with the high schoolers at Sacred Heart. Choices Decisions Outcomes in Cootamundra

David & Katie Kobler Teacher Professional Learning

By Lara Kirk

OVER the last couple of years the Catholic Identity team at Catholic Education have been collaborating with the Archdiocesan Marriage, Family & Relationships team to bring good quality Professional Learning op- portunities to Catholic teachers. The collaboration specifically targets the needs of teachers who must address issues of sexuality, relationships and self-image with young people, either in the curriculum or pastorally within the wider school setting. This year’s seminar was par- ticularly popular with 63 teachers registering to hear David and Katie Kobler of YourChoicez present on “Toxic and Healthy Relationships: Modelling and Teaching Healthy Relationships”. David and Katie now work as a husband and wife team speaking and have spoken to hundreds of thousands of young people across Australia and New Zealand. But they each came to

Katie and David Kobler

this work individually through firsthand experience and experi- ence as youth workers, of the dire need young people have for some wisdom and guidance in thinking through relationship decisions. They are big advocates of helping teachers and parents to ‘open up the conversations’ with young people. They seek through their workshops to empower teachers and parents to provide helpful answers to the very real question which cause deep concern to young people.

This Teacher Professional Learning seminar will be re- peated at Hennessy College on Monday 9th September 4-6pm for teachers in the Western Deanery. Enquiries contact to hear a 15 minute interview with Katie and David go to https:// kobler-edited-interview OR au/event-recognising-toxic-and- healthy-relationship-dynamics-in- young-people/#more

Georgia Breynard with students from Sacred Heart Cootamundra


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