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National Health and Physical Education Day

Friday, August 23, 2019

Our school children in New Zealand are privileged to have an Health and Physical Education curriculum that can foster the well-being of the whole child, their whanau/family and their community. Let’s celebrate this!

Physical Education New Zealand has organised National Health and Physical Education Day on Thursday September 5 to help kids, teachers and parents celebrate the importance of Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand curriculum.

Did you know that our national HPE curriculum has global support for its innovative approach to physical activity and well-being?! Kiwi kids have many opportunities in New Zealand to be physically active, learn about well-being and how taking care of our whole bodies is important. One of the places where this is best learned is at school through the HPE curriculum.

Our school children in New Zealand are privileged to have an HPE curriculum that can foster the well-being of the whole child, their whanau/family and their community. Let’s celebrate this!

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That’s why National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our schools.

The theme, Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities, is being celebrated over a three year cycle, and the 2019 event – on Thursday September 5 2019 – will focus on how HPE is ‘good for schools’.

If you are a teacher, why not try one of our innovative lesson ideas in the Schools and HPE day fact sheet. If your whole School is keen to participate, why not try some thing entirely new such introducing a range of Maori games or establish a walk and ride programme. If you are a parent, why not walk home with the kids or take them to a nearby park for some play time after school?

When it comes to how to get involved, the only limit is imagination – so get moving in any and every way you can!

Get involved in National HPE Day

About Physical Education New Zealand

Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) –Te Ao Kori Aotearoa – is the professional association of Physical Education teachers, as well as the subject association of Physical Education. PENZ is a non-profit incorporated society whose members are largely physical education teachers and teacher educators interested in promoting the provision of quality physical education experiences in all early childhood centres and schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

PENZ provides a range of support to schools and related organisations, depending on their membership subscription type. This may include curriculum development support, professional learning pathways and events, as well as mentoring and supervision of individual teachers or communities of learning opportunities (COL).

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