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Health and Physical Education

The goals of the Health and Physical Education Program are as follows.
Students will develop:

  • the living skills needed to develop resilience and a secure identity and sense of self, through opportunities to learn adaptive, management, and coping skills, to practice communication skills, to learn how to build relationships and interact positively with others, and to learn how to use critical and creative thinking processes.
  • the skills and knowledge that will enable them to enjoy being active and healthy throughout their lives, through opportunities to participate regularly and safely in physical activity and to learn how to develop and improve their own personal fitness.
  • the movement competence needed to participate in a range of physical activities, through opportunities to develop movement skills and to apply movement concepts and strategies in games, sports, dance, and various other physical activities.
  • an understanding of the factors that contribute to healthy development, a sense of personal responsibility for lifelong health, and an understanding of how living healthy, active lives is connected with the world around them and the health of others.
  • The knowledge and skills acquired in health education and physical education form an integrated whole that relates to the everyday experiences of students and provides them with the physical literacy and health literacy they need to lead healthy, active lives. In Ontario Catholic schools, the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values acquired in the Family Life Education program complement those instilled by families, and reflect a distinctively Catholic view of human development. The Family Life curriculum has been endorsed by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO).

Resource Links

ICE Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9-12


Health Canada – Home Page

Physical Literacy

Daily Physical Activity

Daily Physical Activity in Ontario

Healthy Schools: Daily Physical Activity

PHE Canada