Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can bring up issues of independence and self-identity; many adolescents and their peers face tough choices regarding schoolwork, sexuality and social life. Peer groups and external appearance tend to naturally increase in importance for some time during a teen’s journey towards adulthood. To bell the cat a workshop on “GROWING UP” was organized for the children of Grade VI & Grade VII.

Health & Wellness Facilitators from Shalom Hills International School presided over the workshop. The scholars were divided into two individual groups –boys and girls respectively. Sensitive issue of physical and hormonal changes which are visible amongst girls as early as 10 years and in boys around 11years were the focus of the workshop. Search for identity, seeking more independence, thinking more about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, influence of friends, emotional changes- shows strong feelings, more self-conscious; changes in relationships were other areas on which our facilitators enlightened the scholars.

The facilitators also spoke about internet, mobile phones and social media portals which significantly influence how the scholar communicates with his/her peers and how he learns about the world. How sensitive information should not be searched for without parental guidance. The highlight of the workshop was that the scholars shared their concerns and left a more informed than when they had sat for the workshop. The scholars’ positive feedback was what made the workshop a success!