Physical Education

Physical Education helps students to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and for the rest of their life. They learn ‘in, through, and about’ movement, gaining an understanding that movement is integral to human expression and can contribute to people’s pleasure and enhance their lives.

Physical Education (PE) is a compulsory subject in Years 9 and 10 and optional in Years 11,12 and 13. 

Years 9 and 10

Physical education applies a holistic approach to the concept of physical activity for young people. Students take part in a range of games, sports and adventure-based learning, which together teach inter-personal skills such as being inclusive and working in teams. Learning in Physical Education involves the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills, and attitudes central to physical education, together with recognition of its potential for integration with other curriculum areas.  The course enables students to develop an appreciation of the value of participation in physical activity as a lifelong endeavor.


 Senior PE (Year 11, 12 and 13)

In year 11, 12 and 13 students have the choice between three different NCEA course pathways in Physical Education. At Year 11, 12 and 13 they can choose to take Practical Physical Education (PPE), Applied Outdoor Education (AOE) or Sports Science (SPS). 

Sports Science is an academic based Physical Education course made up of Achievement Standards. It is a University Entrance approved subject and leads to tertiary study. 

Applied Outdoor Education is an Outdoors focused course for those interested in and/or wanting to pursue further education and potential career in the Outdoors Sector.

Practical Physical Education is a practical based course with a minimal theory component and includes a variety of practical games and fitness activities. 


It is possible to do 2 out of the three subject pathways, however it is not possible to do Sport Science (SPS) and Practical Physical Education (PPE) together.