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Year 9/10 Health Education focuses on total wellbeing using the model of Hauora. This is the predominant model of health in New Zealand today and is a holistic view which encompasses physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Students will develop skills to critically analyse the challenges and changes that occur during adolescence. They will also discuss and develop strategies for making informed, health enhancing decisions. 

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 Maori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whanau, 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.