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Foreword

Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999) is the core statement for the essential learning area Health and Physical Well-being. It sets a clear direction, which will guide schools as they plan programmes to address the critical health and physical education issues facing our young people.

The curriculum is compulsory to year 10 and also provides the basis for programme planning in the senior secondary school. The achievement aims and objectives will be used for the development of achievement standards for the National Certificate in Educational Achievement.

Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999) replaces the existing health, physical education, and home economics syllabuses.

In order to foster academic achievement and provide students with equal educational opportunities, schools need to address the broad health issues that affect students' learning. The health and well-being of students affects their academic achievement, and each student's attitudes, values, and behaviour affect the people around them.

Through learning in this curriculum, students will gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and to contribute actively to the well-being of other people and the well-being of their communities. Students will take increasing responsibility for their own health and will learn movement skills in a wide range of contexts. They will develop the skills that will enable them to enhance their relationships with other people, and they will participate in creating healthy communities by taking responsible and critical action.

I want to acknowledge all those who have contributed to the development of this curriculum statement: the writers, the policy advisory group, the many reference groups, advisers, lecturers, and teachers who trialled material in schools, and all those individuals and groups who commented on the draft.

Howard Fancy
Secretary for Education


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