Health and Physical Education

The Junior School

In the junior school physical education and health are compulsory three times a week. Interpersonal skills, swimming, social responsibility, fitness, minor games and invasion games are just a few of the topics that we cover at the junior level. Students are required to wear the physical education uniform during lessons. This uniform consists of a shirt in the colour of the student's iwi worn with plain black shorts.

The Senior School 

In the senior school, Physical Education and Health are NCEA accredited subjects. We teach Physical Education at level 1, 2 and 3. These courses focus on the academic elements of this subject. Biomechanics, anatomy, methods and principles of training, hauora, sport psychology, health promotion and social responsibility are just a few of the topics that we cover in the senior levels.

Level 1 Health offers the students an opportunity to learn about choices and how it affects their well being. Students will use interpersonal skills effectively to enhance relationships and promote sexuality. It includes one external standard where students demonstrate an understanding of issues to make health enhancing decisions in drug-related situations.

Level 2 Health provides students with an opportunity to identify and take action to enhance a specific health issue within our school or community. Students will develop strategies at a personal, interpersonal and societal level in order to effectively manage change and promote positive sexuality. It includes one external standard where students are required to analyse a specific adolescent health issue from a personal, interpersonal and societal aspect and develop health enhancing strategies to promote wellbeing.

As a department we also offer an alternative senior course entitled Sports Leadership. This course offers students NCEA credits through a mixture of unit standards and achievement standards through a range of outdoor education activities. Students enrolled in this course are also given a range of opportunities to demonstrate and develop leadership skills.

Otamatea High School students enjoy access to a wide range of facilities in Physical Education. We have the use of two fields, a swimming pool which operates in Terms 1 and 4, a sizeable and high quality gymnasium, fitness centre and artificial turf.

The Health and Physical Education department currently consists of six staff members. Lana Parkinson, Bruce Alison and Anna Liddington are full time teachers within the department, whereas Paul Chambers and Hira Wynyard are part time teachers. Tina Holst is our wonderful sports coordinator who facilitates the wide range of sporting activities within the school.

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