Health and Physical Education

In Health and Physical Education Faculty, 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 involve students in personal and collective action.


Physical Education encourages students to engage in movement experiences that promote and support the development of physical and social skills. It fosters critical thinking and action and enables students to understand the role and significance of physical activity for individuals and society.

In Food & Nutrition, students develop an understanding of the factors that influence the well-being of individuals and families within the home and community and of the actions people take to enhance and sustain those environments. Students evaluate current issues and theories of nutrition, identify and reflect on factors that influence peoples' choices and behaviours, and use this knowledge to make informed decisions.

In Outdoor Education, students study and participate in many varied activities and experiences, gaining a broad overview of outdoor education and the understanding and ability of how to be safe in the outdoors. Throughout the year participants will take responsibility for their own learning as they increase their knowledge and skills, developing planning and decision-making skills as well as personal development through personal and group reflection.