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Putting curriculum philosophy into school practice

The philosophy of Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum extends beyond the classroom into the wider school environment. The knowledge, understandings, skills, attitudes, and values that students develop in class programmes can be reinforced by school policies and procedures. and also by the actions of the people within the school community. When the school environment complements positive class learning environments, students can see that the health-enhancing values they learn about in class are reflected in the school's culture.

Adults as role models

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All adult members of the school community should recognise the powerful influence they have as role models since their attitudes and values are continuously demonstrated to students by their actions. The whole-school environment should support and enhance learning in health education and physical education.

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Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, page 54

Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum provides a basis for developing sound school-wide policies and procedures that relate to people's well-being. Students can take critical action by helping their school to develop and adopt health-promoting policies such as those described in the curriculum.

Positive learning environment

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Schools should develop policies and practices that create a positive learning environment by supporting physical activity, promoting emotional safety, encouraging the acceptance of diversity, and providing equitable access to opportunities.

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Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, page 42


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