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What is HPE about?

He oranga ngakau, he pikanga waiora
Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your sense of self-worth.

Health and Physical Education is about taking action towards improving well-being through learning in health-related and movement contexts. It encompasses three different but related subjects: health education, physical education, and home economics. They share a conceptual framework and achievement objectives.

Students learn that well-being is a combination of the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of people’s lives. They learn to think critically and make meaning of the world around them by exploring health-related and movement contexts. They learn how to bring about sustainable health-enhancing change for individuals, communities, and society.

Seven key areas of learning are contexts for teaching and learning programmes. These are:


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