Physical Education

Health & Physical Education at St Joseph’s

The focus for Health & Physical Education is on the well-being of the students, other people, and society through learning in health-related and movement contexts. NZCp22

The concepts at the heart of Health & Physical Education are Hauora (a Màori philosophy of well-being), positive and responsible Attitudes and Values, the Socio ecological perspective, and Health Promotion. Through learning and accepting challenges in health-related and movement contexts, students will increasingly take a responsibility for themselves, and contribute to the well being of others and society.

The four Health & Physical Education strands of Personal Health and Development, Movement Concepts and Motor Skills, Relationships with Other People, and Healthy Communities and Environments, will be identified and covered annually.

The seven key areas of learning will be integrated into the annual curriculum map and school-wide concept plans where-ever possible. These areas are mental health, sexuality education, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, physical activity, sport studies, and outdoor education. When teaching sexuality education, teachers must have a clear basic understanding of Catholic teachings on sexuality and its relationship to what is to be included into the programme. Outdoor education opportunities culminate from day activities to a biannual camp for Year 5&6 and Year 7&8 students.

Opportunities for daily fitness, the learning of skills, recreational and competitive sport participation, and outdoor education are promoted. All students have the opportunity to learn basic aquatic skills annually, and formal lessons using an outside provider are offered with parent consent.

The Health & Physical Education curriculum at St Joseph’s School promotes strategies for a healthy lifestyle, and participation and enjoyment of life-long physical activity.