HELP Program

Program Statement for HELP program grades 1-12 

Why should schools provide HELP program?

“To success in college, career and life in the 21st century, students must be supported in mastering both contents and skills”. “Twenty-first century skills are in demand for all students, no matter what their future plans — and they will have an enormous impact on students’ prospects”. (P21 Guide) Olympia HELP program has been designed based on Partnership 21st century framework and common core standards to realize our mission of preparing students for life.

What are differences in HELP Program?

HELP is acronym of Health education, Economics & environment understanding, Life & career skills and Personality development. It is an integrated part of the whole curriculum which at the same time provides knowledge and opportunities for real life experience. All students are provided with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives in terms of: healthy lifestyles, managing positive relationships, keeping themselves and others safe, contributing to the school and wider community, understanding money, preparing for the world of work. 

What are purposes of study?

HELP is a developmental program of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, HELP develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. HELP can help schools to reduce or remove a lot of barriers to learning experienced by students, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. HELP makes a significant contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote students’ wellbeing. HELP equips students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.

A critical component of HELP is providing opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. HELP contributes to personal development by helping students to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives. What are aims of the program? The overarching aim for HELP program is to provide students with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
Overarching Concepts
  • Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)
  • Relationships (including different types and in different settings)
  • A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest,
  • spending and saving and diet)
  • Risk (to be managed rather than simply avoided) and safety (including behaviour and strategies in different settings)
  • Diversity and equality (in all its forms)
  • Rights, responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
  • Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with
  • challenging change or circumstance)
  • Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
  • Career (including enterprise and economic understanding).
What are subjects in HELP program?
  1. Health
    • Human Body and Cares
    • Nutrition and Living Habits
    • Aesthetics, Technology
    • Cooking
    • Sex Education
  2. Global Understanding and Economics
    • Government and Citizenship
    • Personal Finance
    • Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship
    • Vietnamese Culture
    • Cross Culture
  3. Life skills, Learning Skills, Career Orientation
    • Learning and Life skills
    • Career Orientation
    • Global Studies
    • College Preparation
  4. Personality Development
    • RECAP
    • Advisor 
How do we implement the program? We follow 10 principles of good Personal Social Health Economic Education (set by PSHE Assocation)
  1. Start where students are: find out what they already know, understand, are able to do and are able to say.  For maximum impact involve them in the planning of HELP program.
  2. Plan a ‘spiral program’ which introduces new and more challenging learning, while building on what has gone before, which reflects and meets the personal developmental needs of the children and young people.
  3. Take a positive approach which does not attempt to induce shock or guilt but focuses on what children and young people can do to keep themselves and others healthy and safe and to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
  4. Offer a wide variety of teaching and learning styles within HELP, with an emphasis on interactive learning and the teacher as facilitator.
  5. Provide information which is realistic and relevant and which reinforces positive social norms.
  6. Encourage students to reflect on their learning and the progress they have made, and to transfer what they have learned to say and to do from one school subject to another, and from school to their lives in the wider community.
  7. Recognize that HELP is just one part of what a school can do to help a child to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding they need to fulfil their potential.  Link HELP to other whole school approaches, to pastoral support, and provide a setting where the responsible choice becomes the easy choice.  Encourage staff, families and the wider community to get involved.
  8. Embed HELP within other efforts to ensure students have positive relationships with adults, feel valued and where those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported.
  9. Provide opportunities for students to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities, which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions.
  10. Provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.