Physical Education and Health

Physical Education

The Junior Curriculum: Core Physical Education is taught at Nelson College in Years 9 and 10 for two periods each week. The course aims to provide learning experiences in a wide range of interactive and physical activities with a strong emphasis on cooperation, fair play and skills development.

The Senior Curriculum: In Years 11, 12 and 13 students are offered the opportunity to study Physical Education at NCEA level as well as New Zealand scholarship. Over the three years the course consists of theoretical topics and practical elements including participation in athletics, volleyball, touch football, badminton, golf and basketball. Students are encouraged to begin this subject at NCEA Level 1 and follow on, however they may begin NCEA study at Level 2 or Level 3.


Health Education

The Junior Curriculum: Health Education is taught as a core subject as part of Physical Education in Years 9 and 10 and is one period a week. The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and develop attitudes that will enhance the well-being of themselves, others and wider society. The key units of study are: personal identity, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, mental health, healthy relationships and sexuality.

The Senior Curriculum: In Years 11, 12 and 13 students are offered the opportunity to study Health Education at NCEA level as well as at scholarship level. Over the three years the course consists of a range of NZ and International Health issues, issues around sexuality, drug related situations, analysing a range of different health practises and taking practical actions to enhance wellbeing. Students are encouraged to begin this subject at NCEA Level 1 and follow on, however they may begin NCEA study at Level 2 or Level 3.


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