Wesley College

Physical Education

What is the health and physical education learning area about?
The health and physical education learning area is about taking action to enhance well-being. It encompasses three different but related subjects – health education, physical education, and home economics 

Students learn that well-being is a combination of the physical, mental and emotional, and social and spiritual aspects of people’s lives. They learn to think critically and to 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.

The seven key areas of learning included in teaching and learning programmes at both primary and secondary levels are:

mental health
sexuality education
food and nutrition
body care and physical safety
physical activity
sport studies
outdoor education

What is health education about?
In health education, students develop their understanding of the factors that influence the health of individuals, groups, and society: lifestyle, economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental factors.
Students develop competencies for mental wellness, reproductive health and positive sexuality, and safety management, and they develop understandings of nutritional needs.

Students build resilience through:

-strengthening their personal identity and sense of self-worth
-managing change and loss
-engaging in processes for responsible decision making.
-They learn to demonstrate empathy, and they develop skills that enhance relationships.
-Students use these skills and understandings to take critical action to promote personal, interpersonal, and societal well-being.

What is physical education about?
In physical education, the focus is on movement and its contribution to the development of individuals and communities.
By learning in, through, and about movement, students come to understand that movement is integral to human expression and that it contributes to people’s pleasure and enhances their lives. They learn to understand, appreciate, and move their bodies, relate positively to others, and demonstrate constructive attitudes and values.


This learning takes place as they engage in play, games, sport, exercise, recreation, adventure, and expressive movement in diverse physical and social environments.
Physical education encourages students to participate in movement experiences that promote and support the development of physical and social skills.

Physical education fosters critical thinking and enables students to:

Understand the role and significance of physical activity for individuals and society take informed action


Why study health and physical education?

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 well-being of those around them, of their communities, of their environments (including natural environments), and of the wider society.

This learning area makes a significant contribution to the well-being of students beyond the classroom, particularly when it is supported by school policies and procedures and by the actions of all people in the school community.


Physical Education: Teaching, Fitness Industry, Sports Coaching, Sport and Recreation, Armed Forces, Police, Personal Trainer, Physiotherapist Health: Nursing, Medicine, Law, Politics, Social Sciences, Education, Diversional Therapist, Psychologist, Acupuncturist, Ambulance Officer, Anaesthetist, Biomedical Engineer, Chiropractor, Clinical Coder, Community Karitane, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Technician, Dental Therapist, Dentist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Dispensing Optician, Environmental Health Officer, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Health Promoter, Massage Therapist, Midwife, Natural Health Therapist, Nursing Support and Care Worker, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Osteopath, Pathologist, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Physician, Physioth,