Health & Physical Education

Health & Physical Education (HPE)

health and physical education


This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living.  Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively.  


This focus course emphasizes committed and enthusiastic participation in a variety of highly challenging physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living and personal physical fitness.  Students learn movement skills, fitness training methods and principles, varied methods of improving and maintaining personal fitness and physical competence, safety and injury prevention. Students will set challenging personal fitness goals, develop communication and social skills and focus on achievement based personal fitness outcomes.


This course enables students to explore the benefits of lifelong participation in active recreation and healthy leisure and to develop the leadership and coordinating skills needed to plan, organize, and safely implement recreational events and other activities related to healthy, active living. Students will also learn how to promote the benefits of healthy, active living to others through mentoring and assisting them in making informed decisions that enhance their well-being. The course will prepare students for university programs in physical education and health and kinesiology and for college and university programs in recreation and leisure management, fitness and health promotion, and fitness leadership.


This course focuses on the study of human movement and of systems, factors, and principles involved in human development. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the evolution of physical activity and sport, and the physiological, psychological, and social factors that influence an individual’s participation in physical activity and sport.

ICD4U1 - Interdisciplinary Studies - Health and Wellness

This particular Interdisciplinary Studies course is designed to focus on exploring wellness with a specific focus on yoga, mindfulness, and mental health. Students will regularly participate in led yoga and mindfulness classes and work independently and collaboratively to develop a personal practice. This will include asana (physical postures) and mindfulness training including meditation, breathing techniques and a variety of topics related to personal health. To facilitate this, students will learn about and apply knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, as well as more holistic approaches to health and wellness (e.g. nutrition, positive self-image, components of productive membership in a community, non-violence, communication and self-advocacy, self-care techniques, journalling, etc.). Utilizing a variety of research and reporting methods, students will examine selected philosophical precepts (i.e. inter- and intra-personal ethics) associated with current wellness practices. They will also assess the historical development of wellness in the context of spirituality and belief systems, and its many variations in the contemporary world. This holistic approach to learning about oneself will be flexible and respond to the needs of differentiated learners and will be made coherent and organized through exploration and experience of various wellness practices.