Physical Education

In physical education and health , the focus is on the well-being of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in movement and health-related contexts.

Four underlying and interdependent concepts are at the heart of this learning area:

  • Hauora a māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whānau, 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.

Head of Faculty

Mr G Marshall

Footnotes: In health and physical education, the use of the word hauora is based on Mason Durie's Te Whare Tapa Wha model (Durie, 1994). Hauora and well-being, though not synonyms, share much common ground. Taha wairua relates to spiritual well-being; taha hinengaro to mental and emotional well-being; taha tinana to physical well-being; and taha whānau to social well-being.