Physical Education & Health

Our Vision:

The Department of Physical Education and Health at Kelston Girls College provides academic programmes in Physical Education, Health and Careers Fitness. Our vision for the future includes: Health promotion, water confidence, growing leaders in coaching and fitness. We aim to provide exemplary programs in these areas.

Our Mission:

As a department to stay dedicated and focussed on the development of the whole student: Physical, Mental and Intellectual. We are also committed to provide high quality education, career preparation and e-learning with the idea of excellent teaching being central to our mission.

Our Philosophy:

Our focus will be to put our practice into theory and not theory into practice.

Our Teachers:

Middle Leader – Francois Coetzee
Assistant Middle Leader – Mara Blucher
Julie Hathaway
Sophie Cain
Rita Tariu
Rongomai Paenga
Arihia Te Kakau (on maternity leave)

Our Programmes:

Junior Physical Education & Health:

The major focus in our junior program is participation and enjoyment in physical activity as well as developing lifelong skills and knowledge to encourage healthy lifestyles. We endeavour to incorporate literacy into all of our lessons to prepare students for NCEA. Students have three Physical Education and two Health sessions a fortnight. Over a variety of different sports and physical activities as well as looking into health issues that young people face, we focus on developing:

– Participation & Personal Growth
– Movement Concepts & Motor Skills
– Interpersonal Skills & Teamwork
– Health Enhancing Decision Making

Level 1 Physical Education:

This course is practical and theory based using Achievement Standards. A variety of exercise and sports are used to look at how participation affects a person’s well-being and development in sport. Team sports are used to examine interpersonal skills and look at the role of players, coaches, managers and officials. Anatomy and biomechanics and how the body operates during exercise are also explored. Our EOTC for Level 1 is done at Woodhill Mountain Bike Park and Tree Adventures as a day trip for AS 1.7.

Level 1 Health:

This is a classroom based Health course. Opportunities are provided for students to learn about healthy and wise practices affecting their immediate and future well-being, as well as others in the community. They also set a personal goal to enhance an aspect of their well-being. This course prepares them for Level 2 Health where in-depth conversation and analysis takes place about personal, interpersonal and societal factors.

Level 2 Physical Education:

This course is practical and theory based using Achievement Standards. The Fitness Centre, pool and a variety of sports will be used to support principles and methods of training and improvement in performance. Anatomy and biomechanics are evaluated and explained more in-depth. The EOTC for Level 2 is held at MERC in Long Bay over three days and two nights. Outdoor activities are explored and evidence collected for AS 2.7 and AS 2.8.

Level 2 Health:

Students are provided opportunities in this classroom based Health course to extend their knowledge and collaborative input about gender and sexuality issues, evaluating people’s ability to manage change and working together to promote a selected health issue. This course prepares them for Level 3 Health where more critical analysis of issues takes place.

Level 3 Physical Education:

This course is  practical and theory based using Achievement Standards. In this course students will be developing, implementing and reviewing a training program. They will be demonstrating exercise techniques and biomechanically analysing a selected movement. The EOTC for Level 3 is held at MERC in Long Bay over three days and two nights. Outdoor activities are explored and evidence collected for AS 3.7.

Level 3 Health:

The Level 3 Health course looks at the analysis of New Zealand health issues, health practices currently used in NZ, contemporary ethical issues in relation to well-being and international health issues. This course is a pathway to a career in the Health sector.

Level 2 Careers Academy Fitness:

In his course students get the opportunity to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness and Recreation.  It covers Level 1, 2 and 3 Unit standards and students get the chance to see how fitness centres work and how to screen and work with clients. Successful students will have to opportunity to proceed on to NZIS (New Zealand Institute of Sport), MIT or Unitec after completing Level 3 Careers Fitness. The EOTC for Level 2 is held at MERC in Long Bay over 3 days and 2 nights and a 6km Mud Run with Event Promotions.

Level 3 Careers Academy Fitness:

The level 3 CAF course comprises of level 3 Unit standards through MIT. Students get the opportunity to plan, implement and review coaching a team for a season. We work closely with the Sports Coordinator to get teams to coach for the year. We also cover sports injuries and demonstrating correct exercise techniques transferred from the level 2 course content and practicals. The EOTC for Level 3 is held at MERC in Long Bay over 3 days and 2 nights and a 6km Mud Run with Event Promotions.

We are currently in the process of setting up our Sports Academy. Our vision for the academy is to provide an opportunity for sport specific instruction and performance improvement. It will be a combination of Physical Education, Fitness standards and quality coaching sessions.

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