Health and Physical Education

He oranga ngākau, he pikinga waiora.
Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your sense of self-worth.

In health and physical education, the focus is on the well-being of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts.

Four underlying and interdependent concepts are at the heart of this learning area:

  • Hauora – a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whānau, each one influencing and supporting the others.
  • Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.
  • The socio-ecological perspective – a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.
  • Health promotion – a process that helps to develop and maintain supportive physical and emotional environments and that involves students in personal and collective action.

What does Health and Physical Education look like at Whangaparaoa School?

  • Students will have ongoing active participation within a sequential class programme
  • Students will have a positive attitude towards physical activity
  • Students will have lessons that are regular, planned for and well organised
  • Students will develop responsibility for their own health and well being