Health and Physical Education

In Health Education 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The socio-ecological perspective – a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.
  4. Health promotion – a process that helps to develop and maintain supportive physical and emotional environments and that involves students in personal and collective action.