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Health and Physical Education Consultation

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Health and Physical Education at Birkdale North School.

All schools in New Zealand are required to consult with their school community on their health education programme every two years. Health education is part of the Health and Physical Education (HPE) learning area, and learning is guided by the underlying concepts, key areas of learning and achievement objectives of HPE. 

At Birkdale North School Health and Physical Education is planned and taught in the same fashion of any other learning area. Where appropriate we link the teaching into our Concept which may or may not have an HPE focus. For example our overall Concept for this year is Change which, for example may include “changes” as you grow and would be an area that could be incorporated into our Life Education programme.


What is health and physical education about?  

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

( page 22 The  New Zealand National Curriculum)


We have listed the programmes and learning that is currently happening at BIrkdale North School. (We welcome your feedback, please see details at the bottom of page):

  • We take part in Life Education Trust programmes every second year click here for more information on the Life Education trust

  • Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) is another programme we participate in every second year.This programme is run through The New Zealand Police and our school police officer comes in and works alongside the teachers. For more information click KOS.

  • We participate in The Road safety programme which is run through New Zealand Police. Click here for more information on the programme. This programme takes place every second year.

  • Water skills for life – This collaborative initiative coordinates the delivery of Water Skills for Life lessons to primary school-aged children across Tāmaki Makaurau. More information can be found here.

  • Auckland Transport ( walking school bus) you will find more information here.

  • Scooter and dike safety through Auckland transport.

  • We have engaged a company called Positive Puberty – Nest Consulting. The programme includes health and wellbeing, puberty education alongside parts of their  ”Body Talk©’ Programme looking at self esteem, body image, media awareness, critical thinking skills and more.

  • We engage in seasonal sports and link this into learning skills, rules of the game and opportunities to play them. The sports we participate in are:

    • Swimming
    • Soccer
    • Hockey
    • Touch ( alternative years)
    • Rugby ( alternative years)
    • Rippa 
    • Netball
    • Ki o rahi ( this is now a new part of our inter school sports)
    • Athletics
    • Cross country
  • We encourage outside agencies such as sports clubs to visit our school and allow our children opportunities to sample a variety of sports including:

    • Auckland cricket
    • Volleyball
    • Badminton
    • Tennis
    • Ki o rahi
    • Inflatable soccer
  • Athletics day is an inclusive day for all our students to participate in skills learned

  • School cross country where all students participate at an appropriate level.

  • We have interschool sports which at this point is mostly for year 5 and 6 children.

  • We work alongside our Community of Learning schools, our Kahui Ako, with a focus on child well being.  This takes the form of:

    • Transitions between schools, building up relationships and working collaboratively to ensure our tamariki transition with confidence and reassurance. We ensure that student voice is included and listened to.

    • Working with whanau and other agencies to ensure every child has opportunities to be able to attend school on a regular basis.

  • School camp ( an overnight 3 days camp) every year for our year 5 and 6 children.

  • School experiences are encouraged and are related to the concept whenever possible

  • At present the teachers are having professional development with North Harbour Sport. This is developing programmes to encourage high levels of physical movement for our tamariki especially for those who are reluctant or possibly lack in confidence. The programme is research based but is very much conducted from a practical point of view with activities that can be included straight into class programmes.


We would welcome your feedback

If you would like to comment or make suggestions please respond here on our google form. 


Email to  ( reference: Health and Physical education)


Ring and leave a comment on 09 483 8674 ( reference: Health and Physical education feedback)

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