Essense Statement

'Through learning and by accepting challenges in health related and movement contexts, students reflect on the nature of well-being and how to promote it.  As they develop resilience and a sense of personal and social responsibility, they are increasingly able to take responsibility for themselves and contribute to the wellbeing of those around them, of their communities, of their environments (including natural environments), and of the wider society.' MOE (2007) The New Zealand Curriculum.

There are four underlying and interdependent concepts at the heart of this learning area: Hauora, Attitudes and Values, The Socio-ecological Perspective, and Health promotion.

The four health strands are: Personal Health and Physical Development, Movement Concepts and Motor Skills, Relationships with Other People, and Healthy Communities and Enviroments.

The seven key areas of learning are: mental health, sexuality education, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, physical activity, sport studies, and outdoor education.

Below is an overview to illustrate how these are integrated into the Health teaching and learning programme over a two year cycle.  Where approprate, outside agencies such as Life Education, Attitude and the Revolution Tour Company may be brought in to assist with the Process.

The interlocking themes taught within the school term will cover: Transition/Orientation (Term 1), Building Relationships (Term 2), Pubertal Change (Term 3) and Building Leadership and Transition (Term 4).

Personal Health and Physical Development

Personal identity, uniqueness, self confidence, personal growth and development, regular physical activity, safety management, puberty (bodily changes), structure and function of the human brain (and what affects this), specialist PE programme, area fitness programme (3 times per week), drug awareness (Life Education), decision making, digital citizenship lessons, Travelwise (outside agency), nutrition (taught by Food and Bio specialist), making transitions (Attitude).

Movement Concepts and Motor Skills

Movement skills, building positive attitudes, participating and contributing, dance and drama, specialist PE programme, community coaching/taster sessions in PE, area fitness, team games, house competition days, whole school events - swimming sports, cross country, athletics day, sports teams and clubs.

Relationships with Other People

Forming and managing relationships/healthy friendships, decision making  (covered by Life Education and Atittude), interpersonal skills, being supportive and encouraging of others, identity sensitivity, respect, acknowledging differences, tolerance of/empathy for others, orientation unit, outdoor education (Camp and EOTC), drug education (covered by Life Education), making transitions (covered by Attitude), values education (FCI Reps and NZC Key competencies), anti-bullying (Revolution Tour).

Healthy Communities and Environments

Community resources, social attitudes and values, rights and responsibilities and laws, decision making, school outdoor education (Camp and EOTC), drug education (covered by Life Education), digital citizenship, health eating (covered in Food and Bio specialist), Travel Wise (outside agency), affiliation with local sports clubs, specialist coaches from community groups leading taster sessions in PE, involvement of parents in coaching and managing sports teams, health consultation evening (The Parenting Place/Attitude), parent health consultation/questionnaire. Environmental and community aspects of health may be addressed through the social studies programme.


  • New Zealand Curriculum Document (2007)


  • Pubertal Change Unit Plans and associated resources (resource room)

  • Reaching Out - an FCI social skills programme for Years 7&8 (copies in areas)

  • Focus on Health Education: Managing Change (copies in areas)

  • Life Education - content folders in resource room and access to online teacher resources through website, hard copy materials/booklets are provided to all students who attend the programme. Teachers may also borrow resources such as books from the Life Ed caravan whilst on site.

  • EOTC guidelines (hard copies in areas and available online)

  • The Parenting Place Information Handbooks

  • Child Safety handbooks

  • Female hygiene products - libra, u tampons etc samples/talks


Community Consultation

It is a legal requirement that the Board of Trustees consults with the community with regards to the Health Education Programme at least every two years.  This is done through parent surveys and meetings as well as a student wellbeing survey.