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Health Education at Waimea College

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In Health Education, students will be empowered to enhance their own well-being and that of others in health-related contexts. Activities will nurture students' physical, social and emotional development through experiences involving co-operation, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking, leadership and reflection. Students will be inspired to lead their own learning and work collaboratively in a challenge based programme.

We will investigate current youth issues in New Zealand society and explore how these impact on ourselves and others. Learning in health will take place in a co-operative environment and may include role plays, debates, student lead activities and creating magazines or website.

Where might Health Lead?

The skills developed in health will be useful for all students and especially those who are interested in careers such as: ambulance officer, chiropractor, dietician, diagnostic radiologist, first aid instructor, health and safety officer, hospital nurse/orderly, massage therapist, mental health nurse, midwife, natural health therapist, occupational therapist, physical education or health teacher, primary school teacher, police officer, rest home worker, social worker. Health is a university approved subject. NCEA health credits can be used to gain entry into a degree programme at a New Zealand university.

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Link to 'Where to from Health Education'

Health Education and the New Zealand Curriculum

What is health and physical education about?
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 Maori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whanau, 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.


Why study in this learning area?
Through learning and by accepting challenges in health related and movement contexts, students reflect on the nature of well-being and how to promote it. As they develop resilience and a sense of personal and social responsibility, they are increasingly able to take responsibility for themselves and contribute to the wellbeing of those around them, of their communities, of their environments (including natural environments), and of the wider society. This learning area makes a significant contribution to the well-being of students beyond the classroom, particularly when it is supported by school policies and procedures and by the actions of all people in the school community.

How is the learning area structured?
The learning activities in health and physical education arise from the integration of the four concepts above, the following four strands and their achievement objectives, and seven key areas of learning.

The four strands are:
Personal Health and Physical Development, in which students develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes that they need in order to maintain and enhance their personal well-being and physical development;
Movement Concepts and Motor Skills, in which students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activity;
Relationships with Other People, in which students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with others;
Healthy Communities and Environments, in which students contribute to healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.

The seven key areas of learning are:
mental health, sexuality education, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, physical activity, sport studies, and outdoor education.

All seven areas are to be included in teaching and learning programmes at both primary and secondary levels.
Note that:
• it is expected that schools will consult with their communities when developing health and sexuality education programmes;

• Health and physical education encompasses three different but related subjects: health education, physical education, and home economics. These subjects share a conceptual framework and achievement objectives.

Health Education
In health education, students develop their understanding of the factors that influence the health of individuals, groups, and society: lifestyle, economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental factors. Students develop competencies for mental wellness, reproductive health and positive sexuality, and safety management, and they develop understandings of nutritional needs. Students build resilience through strengthening their personal identity and sense of selfworth, through managing change and loss, and through engaging in processes for responsible decision making. They learn to demonstrate empathy, and they develop skills that enhance relationships. Students use these skills and understandings to take critical action to promote personal, interpersonal, and societal well-being.

Health Education Options at Waimea College

Year level Philosophy Curriculum Units / Modules  Assessments Links
Year 9 By the time students leave year 9, they will...

Level 5

  • Drug Education
  • Sexuality Education
  • Mental Health
  • Changing States of Health
  • Learning to Learn

  • Drug Education - exam
  • Sexuality Education - exam
  • Mental Health - exam
  • Changing States of Health - Assignment
  • Learning to Learn (no assessment)
Year 10 By the time students leave year 10, they will... Level 5
  • Drug Education
  • Sexuality Education
  • Mental Health
  • Careers
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Social Networking
  • Drug Education - exam
  • Sexuality Education - exam
  • Mental Health - exam
  • Careers - booklets

Year 11

(Level 1)

By the time students leave year 11, they will...

Level 6

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Well-Being
  • Sexuality Education
  • Assisting others to participate in physical activity
  • Drug Education - Issues relating to drug use
  • Changing States of Health

Internal Assessment

  • He1.4 Interpersonal Skills
  • He1.1 Well-Being
  • He1.5 Sexuality Education
  • Pe1.8 Assisting others to participate in physical activity

External Assessment

  • He1.6 Drug Education - Issues relating to drug use
  • He1.3 Changing States of Health

Year 12

(Level 2)

By the time students leave year 12, they will...

Level 7

  • Well-Being
  • Adolecsent Health Issue: Drug Education
  • Gender Identity/Body Image/Relationships
  • Action Plan/Health Promotion
  • Stress Management
  • Mental Health

Internal Assessment

  • He 2.3 Action Plan
  • He 2.5 Gender Identity

External Assessment

  • He 2.1 Adolescent Health Issue: Drug Education
  • He 2.2 Mental Health

Year 13

(Level 3)

By the time students leave year 13, they will...

Level 8

  • New Zealand Health Issue - Obesity
  • International Health Issue - HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • New Zealand Health Practices - Western / CAM / TM
  • Ethical Issues - Sexually Explicit Material in the Media

Internal Assessment

  • He3.1 New Zealand Health Issue
  • He3.3 New Zealand Health Practices

External Assessment

  • He3.2 International Health Issue
  • He3.4 Ethical Issues