Physical Education & Health

He oranga manawa, He pikinga waiora.
Positive feelings in your heart will raise your sense of self worth.

Focussing on the well-being of all students, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts.

In Health and Physical Education, the focus is on the well-being of all students, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts. Physical Education and Health are seen as an important element in the overall development of Students at MRGS. Core PE is taught until Year 10, with two lessons per week which allow students to gain new skills, confidence and enjoyment from movement and physical activity beyond what is commonly offered in New Zealand schools.

Health is a compulsory subject at Year 9 and 10. Year 9 classes attend 4 Health lessons a week for one term.  Year 10 students have 1 Health period per week with their Physical Education teacher.

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MRGS is fortunate to have great facilities for our students to enjoy. Three Gymnasium, field, turf and a swimming pool allow students to participate in a variety of activities in a comfortable environment.

The Department is well served with quality teachers. The HPE Staff are passionate about helping and encouraging all students, to reach their potential, acquire the knowledge that is needed for independent, critical thinkers and to  develop skills for lifelong learning.

HOD Physical Education & Health – Adam Wilson

Qualifications: BSc (Honours); Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Experience: I first started my teaching career many years ago in England, before finally arriving in New Zealand in 2005. Since then I have worked at several schools around the North Island in a variety of roles: Head of Department; Pastoral Dean; House Leader. Alongside my school roles I also volunteer as a part of the Auckland Branch of the Physical Education New Zealand organisation, helping to support teachers and promote quality physical education programmes around the region.

Why I teach my subject: I am passionate about all things Health and Physical Education. Just quietly I think it is the most important school subject! As life can become more challenging and busy, encouraging young people to take responsibility for their own well being, and those of others, plus through different experiences discovering something active that they enjoy is something I am passionate about promoting.

It is my dream that through Health and Physical Education we can promote confident, connected, lifelong learners who are actively involved and ready to contribute to their own communities. Having the opportunity to work alongside students to be able to recognise and take action to enhance their own wellbeing, and unleash a curiosity about how we can improve our own performance, whether that be in the classroom, work place, or even through sport and recreational activities is pretty energising and inspiring.

Why I teach at MRGS: MRGS appealed to me as a really diverse school that works hard to empower people and serve its community. As a recent arrival here it has been really clear to me that all that I had known before was accurate because I have never worked in a school where everybody shows such care and support for each other. It truly is an awesome school community to be a part of, and I look forward to contributing to this community and empowering students to be the best that they can be.

Courses and Pathways

Year 9 Physical Education & Health (Compulsory)

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Junior Diploma Credits:

18 Credits

BYOD Recommendations:

An internet and word-processing capable device, such as a Chromebook or better. We recommend the device has an external keyboard and at least a 10 inch screen. No phones.

Year 10 Physical Education & Health (Compulsory)

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Junior Diploma Credits:

18 Credits

BYOD Recommendations:

An internet and word-processing capable device, such as a Chromebook or better. We recommend the device has an external keyboard and at least a 10 inch screen. No phones.

Year 11 Physical Education

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 1

BYOD Recommendations:

N/A

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in and enjoy participating in physical activity and understanding the factors which influence success, improved performance and interpersonal skills. This subject is not just for athletes; it allows students to develop their understanding of the factors which affect participation, skill learning and responsible behaviour. 2017 Practical Options include; Outdoor Education: Black Water Rafting, surfing, snorkelling, Steinlager NZ Sailing Trip, tramping. Sport options vary. NOTE some US may also be offered.

Achievement Standards:

AS 90962 1.1 Participate actively in a variety of physical activities and explain factors that influence own participation INT
AS 90963 1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of body structure and function in the performance of a physical activity INT
AS 90964 1.3 Demonstrate quality of movement in a physical activity INT
AS 90967 1.6 Examine the quality of movement in own performance of a physical activity INT
AS 90970 1.9 Use strategies to develop Selfmanagement skills in a group or team INT
AS 90968 1.7 Demonstrate and describe responsible behaviour for safety in the outdoors INT
AS 90966 1.5 Use strategies to develop interpersonal skills in a group or team INT

Year 11 Health Studies

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Credits:

19 Credits at Level 1

BYOD Recommendations:

N/A

Who is this course for?

Students who want to learn about well-being, with the intent to develop critical thinking and to make meaning of the world around them. Learning how they can make health-enhancing decisions for themselves, others and society.

Achievement Standards:

AS 90971 1.1 Take action to enhance an aspect of personal well-being INT
AS 90973 1.4 Demonstrate understanding of interpersonal skills used to enhance relationships. (optional if done 1.1 prior) INT
AS 91097 1.3 Demonstrate understanding of ways in which well-being can change and strategies to support well-being INT
AS 90974 1.5 Demonstrate understanding of strategies for promoting positive sexuality INT
AS 90972 1.2 Demonstrate understanding of influences on adolescent eating patterns to make health-enhancing recommendations EXT
AS 90975 1.6 Demonstrate understanding of issues to make health-enhancing decisions in drug-related situations EXT

Year 12 Sports Science

Entry Requirements:

14 credits in 11PED1 including 1.2 (AS 90963) or HOD discretion. PE uniform.

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 2

BYOD Recommendations:

iPad or Computer with video analysis Apps. Google classroom used for this course. Benefit to have access to the internet at home and a device.

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in and enjoy participating in physical activity and understanding the factors whicinfluence success, improved performance and interpersonal skills. This subject is not just for athletes, as iallows any student interested in developing their understanding of the factors which affect participation, skillearning and responsible behaviour.

Achievement Standards:

AS 91328 2.2 Demonstrate understanding of how and why biophysical principles relate to the learning of physical skills. INT
AS 91329 2.3 Demonstrate understanding of the application of biophysical principles to training for physical activity. INT
AS 91330 2.4 Perform a physical activity in an applied setting INT
AS 91331 2.5 Examine the significance for self, others and society of a sporting event or physical activity INT
AS 91333 2.7 Analyse the application of risk management strategies to a challenging outdoor activity. INT

Year 12 Exercise Prescription

Entry Requirements:

8 credits in 11PED1 including 1.3 (AS 90964) or HOD discretion. PE uniform

Credits:

17 Credits at Level 2

BYOD Recommendations:

iPad or Computer with video analysis Apps. Google classroom used for this course. Benefit to have access to the internet at home and a device.

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in and enjoy participating in physical activity or working in the fitness and/or Coaching industry.

Achievement Standards:

US 21649 Apply knowledge of basic anatomy to the skills INT
AS 91330 2.4 Perform a physical activity in an applied setting INT
AS 91331 2.5 Examine the significance for self, others and society of a sporting event or physical activity INT
AS 91333 2.7 Analyse the application of risk management strategies to a challenging outdoor activity INT
AS 91335 2.9 Examine the implementation and outcome(s) of a physical activity or event. INT

Year 12 Health Studies

Entry Requirements:

8 Internal credits in 11HEA1 + 1 external Health AS, Level 1 Literacy or HOD discretion

Credits:

19 Credits at Level 2

BYOD Recommendations:

N/A

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in future academic and vocational opportunities in the PE and Health sector, wita specific interest in learning about resiliency, discrimination, gender identity and strategies to over-comthese and similar health issues.

Achievement Standards:

AS 91235 2.1 Analyse an adolescent health issue EXT
AS 91236 2.2 Evaluate factors the influence people’s ability to manage change INT
AS 91238 2.4 Analyse an interpersonal issue(s) that places personal safety at risk EXT
AS 91239 2.5 Analyse issues related to sexuality and gender to develop strategies for addressing the issues INT

Year 13 Sports Science

Entry Requirements:

14 credits in 12SPS2 including 2.2 (AS 91328) or HOD discretion. PE uniform

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 3

BYOD Recommendations:

Google classroom used for this course. Benefit to have access to the internet at home and a device.

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in and enjoy participating in physical activity and understanding the factors which influence success, improved performance and interpersonal skills. This subject is not just for athletes, as it allows any student interested in developing their understanding of the factors which affect participation, skill learning and responsible behaviour.

Achievement Standards:

AS 91499 3.2 Analyse a physical skill performed by self of others INT
AS 91500 3.3 Evaluate the effectiveness of a performance improvement programme INT
AS 91501 3.4 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting INT
AS 91502 3.5 Examine a current physical activity, event, trend or issue and its impact on NZ society INT
AS 91503 3.6 Evaluate the use of health promotion to influence participation in physical activity INT

Year 13 Exercise Prescription

Entry Requirements:

8 credits in 12EPR2 including 2.4 (AS 91330) or HOD discretion. PE uniform

Credits:

22 Credits at Level 3

BYOD Recommendations:

Google classroom used for this course. Benefit to have access to the internet at home and a device.

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in and enjoy participating in physical activity or working in the fitness and/oCoaching industry.

Achievement Standards:

US 7021 Demonstrate exercise techniques INT
AS 91789 3.9 Devise strategies for a physical activity outcome INT
AS 91501 3.4 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting INT
US 22768 Conduct and review a beginner level coaching session INT
US 22771 Plan a beginner level coaching session for sports participants INT

Year 13 Health Studies

Entry Requirements:

10 credits in 12HEA2 including 1 external Level 2 AS. HOD approval if not meet entry requirements.

Credits:

19 Credits at Level 3

BYOD Recommendations:

N/A

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in future academic and vocational opportunities in the PE and Health sector, with a specific interest in health issues, health practices and ethical issues in society

Achievement Standards:

AS 91461 3.1 Analyse a New Zealand Health Issue INT
AS 91462 3.2 Analyse an International Health Issue EXT
AS 91463 3.3 Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand INT
AS 91464 3.4 Analyse a contemporary ethical issue in relation to Wellbeing INT

Gaayathri Edwards, Graduating 2018

Subject I’m studying: I’m studying Health and PE

Why am I studying this Subject: I am taking Physical Education because how the body works and how we can improve our well being intrigues me and this sparked my interests in also taking Health.

What this subject offers me: Physical Education and Health has given me the skills and dispositions to be positive towards my own well being. It has helped me grow in key areas in preparation for university and daily life, such as to critically analyse my work and situations. This has widened my knowledge and helped me develop an open mind about many things including my lifestyle outside of school.

Why do I love this subject: The list could go on but a few key reasons are the quality of the teachers and facilities, how welcoming the department is and the way the teachers put time and effort to get to know their students. The teachers encourage, value, engage and support me through sports and new opportunities. This has confirmed my plans to go on to study sports and recreation at Auckland University.