Health and Physical Education

Within Health and Physical Education (HAPE) the following subjects are offered:


The following notes are a general overview of our Health programme.

  • Health is a compulsory subject for all Year 9 and 10 students.
  • Health Science is offered as a Year 11 subject.
  • The basic goal of all Health Education programmes is to develop self-worth, self-esteem, and develop skills to build positive relationships with others.
  • This is done by working on effective communication, assertive skills and effective decision making.
  • Any Alcohol, Drug and Sexuality education is taught once these basics are established.
  • Drug education is progressive – the level of information is appropriate to the age and identified student needs.

At all levels of Health Education, students are:

  • Encouraged to say no.
  • Look at ways of resisting peer pressure.
  • Look at alternative “health enhancing activities”.
  • Provided with appropriate information so that decision making is based on factual information of the effects on the physical, mental and emotional, and social well-being of the student. Often young people are just unaware of the potential harm and dangers involved with risk situations e.g. drug taking, so these are detailed.
  • Our programme looks at ways of keeping safe in risk taking situations, and how to look after mates as well.
  • Identifies ways of getting help for self or others if risk behaviours are causing problems. Our Sexuality Education is progressive, and the information supplied is appropriate to the age or the identified needs of the student.
  • Students are encouraged to abstain from sexual activity until they are emotionally as well as physically mature.
  • Programmes have a focus on building relationships, responsibilities, keeping safe and consequences of risk behaviour.

Level 1 Health Science

This course focuses on Level 6 of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.  It offers students the opportunity to build on their knowledge gained in Years 9 & 10 Health Education and to work towards NCEA credits.  Students will have the opportunity to be assessed against Achievement Standards, which will involve four different standards.

  1. Take action to enhance an aspect of well-being.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of interpersonal skills used to enhance relationships.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of strategies for promoting positive sexuality.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of ways in which well-being can change and strategies to support well-being.


Physical Education involves learning in, through and about movement.

  • In movement/physical education, by developing physical skills in a range of movement contexts students learn to understand, appreciate and move their own bodies.
  • Through movement/ physical activity, using the context of movement to develop knowledge of themselves and other people, social skills and positive attitudes and values.
  • About movement/physical activity, by examining the scientific aspects of it and by learning about the social and cultural significance movement has for individuals, groups and communities.

Learning Focus:

  • That movement is integral to human expression and that it can have a positive influence on people’s lives
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes to maintain personal well-being and physical development
  • About movement and about the knowledge and understandings related to movement
  • To appreciate movement
  • To move their bodies
  • To develop motor skills
  • To relate positively to others and demonstrate constructive attitudes and values through movement contexts
  • Critical thinking and action to understand the role and significance of physical activity for health individuals, communities and environments.

Level 1 Physical Education & Sports Science

The Level 1 Physical Education & Sports Science course offers students the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide range of physical activities in a variety of contexts.  They will study how the body moves and responds to physical activity, as well as be able to develop their interpersonal skills in a variety of settings.  The main focus of this course is to equip students with the necessary skills to maintain and develop your personal well-being, both now and in the future, as well as prepare them for future academic and job opportunities.

This course covers five units of work. These are Fitness Concepts, Sports Education, Generation Z games, Self- Management strategies & 5-star Athletics.  The sports used in the units include: Athletics, Korfball, Basketball, La crosse, & Xbox Kinect. 

Level 2 Physical Education & Sports Science

This theoretical and practical course provides background knowledge for all aspects of health and physical wellbeing. Within the four hours per week there is at least two hours of classroom theory covering the following topics:

  • Relate Biophysical principles to the learning of physical skills (Human Anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor skill learning, Sport psychology)
  • Examine societal influences of a sporting event/festival
  • Demonstrate social responsibility in physical activity
  • Plan a sporting event/opportunity
  • Learning and performing the practical skills of Volleyball.

Level 3 Physical Education & Sports Science

This course provides learning experiences that promote an understanding of the need for a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Each module includes both theory and practical work.

The following topics are covered:

  • Evaluating prior physical activity to devise strategies for life-long well-being
  • Experiencing investigation and analysis of a current issue in Physical Education
  • Learning and performing the practical skills of Squash
  • Applying biomechanical analysis principles to Squash.

Level 3 Sport Coaching

This course aims to provide participants with the leadership training appropriate for the role of a coach of a sports team.

Assessment is co-constructed with students at the beginning of the year.  In 2015 the course covered coaching skills and tactics, communication, planning and implementing a sports practice, First Aid, planning and implementation of a physical activity event – KHS swimming sports.  Students are required to coach a winter sports team at primary or secondary level.



Kaiapoi High School is ideally situated on the east coast of the South Island, just north of Christchurch. Kaiapoi High School makes use of a diverse range of environments from snowy mountain ranges, native bushland, rocky crags, white water rivers and the sea.

Kaiapoi High School won The Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) Award for the “Best Outdoor Education programme in New Zealand” in 2003 and continues to maintain this high standard.

The Adventure school at Kaiapoi High School offers a number of difficult courses for senior students. Kaiapoi High School has SFRITO accreditation to Level 4 and all courses are assessed using unit standards. SFRITO is the Sports Fitness & Recreation Industry Training Organisation. Kaiapoi High School has three specialist Outdoor Education teachers with unit standard and NZOIA qualifications. We use the Boyle Outdoor Education Centre (Winner of the Best Outdoor Centre in New Zealand, 2004) and a number of qualified outdoor instructors to help deliver our programmes. 

Level 1 Outdoor Education

This course gives students the opportunity to utilize the outdoors to learn practical skills that will assist them in developing themselves personally and socially.  It will also help them to become positively contributing community members. 

Students will use the bush, rivers, rock, ocean and mountains to learn skills.  The main aspects of this course are: Rock climbing; Bush craft, survival and tramping; Abseiling; Mountain biking and maintenance; Flat water kayaking; Orienteering; First Aid; Adventure Based Learning (ABL); Weather; Principles of ‘Leave No Trace’.

These pursuits and topics are subject to change depending on the needs of the students, teacher expertise and environmental conditions.

Level 2 Outdoor Education

This course is designed to follow on from the Level 1 Outdoor Education course and serve as a platform for Level 3 Outdoor Education entry. This course provides opportunities for adventure and challenge through a supportive group environment whilst developing an appreciation of the natural environment. This course will be delivered in the classroom, local community and further afield in areas such as the Southern Alps and the Hurunui District.

The major components/ modules of this course are: Rock climbing; Kayaking; Bush craft, survival and tramping; Weather; Navigation.

Level 3 Outdoor Education

This course builds on the skills learnt in Levels 1 and 2 Outdoor Education.  A significant part of this course focuses on wilderness journeys and the students can expect to be responsible for the planning and conduct of these journeys. An underlying theme throughout the course is developing a connection, and therefore responsibility, for the students’ local environment and community.

Students will use the bush, rivers, rock, mountains and ocean to learn skills.  The main aspects of this course are: White water kayaking; Snowcraft; Bushcraft; First Aid; Connections to local outdoor environments; Final journey; Leadership; Sustainability.

These pursuits and topics are subject to change, depending on the needs of the students, teacher expertise and environmental conditions.

Level 2 Outdoor Education Leadership

This course offers both practical and theoretical training in leadership.  Many students take this course to develop their skill set, in the hope of being school leaders, sports leaders, and to open up job opportunities.  Students are introduced to how to teach, manage and lead, with theories and practice to support their learning.  Students attend a five-day leadership camp at Boyle River that aims to develop individuals, both personally and socially.  Students will also have leadership opportunities within school and with students from local primary schools. 

The main aspects of this course are: Personal awareness and self-leadership; Social development through adventure-based learning, low and high ropes; Leadership camp; Communication styles; First Aid; Risk Management.

Level 3 Outdoor Education Leadership

This course is a progression from Level 2 Outdoor Leadership. The course is designed to develop students’ skills in leadership and their confidence to lead. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their understanding of leadership theories, group needs, teamwork, personal responsibility and goal setting through adventure-based learning. This course is unique as it offers the students the opportunity to plan and run (with support) the school’s Year 9 camps.


Year 10 Food & Nutrition

This course encourages students to think about the food choices they make, understand the importance of making healthy choices and putting this into practice by participating in practicals once a week.

Level 1 Food & Nutrition

Students will investigate various food-related topics including food hygiene/safety, nutritional needs of specific population groups, nutritional information on labels and food and culture, in order to develop ‘health enhancing’ attitudes, knowledge and understanding. Students will plan strategies and demonstrate skills to respond to challenging situations. Students in this course are working at Level 6 of the Health & Physical Education Curriculum. It provides knowledge and practice in safe food handling strategies. It also explores the effect of promotional material on food choices in New Zealand.

Level 2 Food & Nutrition

This course will develop students’ ability to evaluate information, make informed decisions and use interpersonal skills effectively. Students will evaluate school and community initiatives that promote well-being and develop an action plan to instigate or support these. Students will also analyse ways in which the environment and the well-being of an individual and community are affected by changing values, attitudes, beliefs and technological innovation. This course has used Level 7 achievement objectives of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. There is a practical component to this course that allows students to practise skills and experiment with various ingredients in order to secure a variety of safe, affordable and nutritious meals.

Level 3 Food & Nutrition

This course will develop students’ ability to critically analyse societal attitudes, practices and legislation to make informed decisions and to act in ways that contribute to their personal well-being, the well-being of other people, and that of society as a whole. Students will build upon their practical based skills in order to creatively, appropriately and thoroughly plan, prepare and present food for both individuals and groups in various scenarios. This course has used Level 8 achievement objectives of the Health and Physical Education curriculum.

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