Physical Education and Health

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The All Saints Catholic Secondary School Physical and Health Education program provided students with the opportunity to participate in a range of diverse activities, including several new initiatives.

Below is a list of forms and resources provided by the Durham Catholic District School Board:

Over the course of the previous school year, students were able to engage in numerous non-traditional physical activities in addition to our more conventional sports. Here are a few highlights:

Muskoka Woods Sports Resort:
For the first time ever, our senior phys. ed. classes were invited to attend this truly amazing complex, where they participated in numerous physical activities such as a high ropes course, the zip-line, hiking, archery, beach volleyball, broomball, and in-line skating. This trip provided students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, and to explore new opportunities to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle. The Gr. 12 Fitness and Recreation Leadership Class looks forward to making this a yearly endeavour. 

Yoga:
Any students seeking to relax, and improve their balance and flexibility were encouraged to participate in yoga classes taught by a certified yoga instructor. Numerous students took advantage of this excellent opportunity to de-stress before exams. It was such a tremendous success that we look forward to offering these classes again next year.

Rock Climbing:
This program was offered to all phys. ed. students in both semesters, and was once again quite popular. Adventurous students were able to conquer their fears with great displays of strength and perseverance.

We would like to inform you of changes to the Physical and Health Education Ministry Guidelines, which will permit students to earn more than one Phys. Ed. credit per school year. We are very excited about this change, as we believe that it will greatly benefit those students who possess a keen interest in physical and health education.

We are proud to announce that All Saints has been officially recognized by the Ministry of Education as a "Healthy School", due to the implementation of several programs, namely our 'Mind, Body, and Spirit Club', our Weight Training Club, and our Breakfast Club. These programs provide both students and staff with opportunities to promote and engage in healthy living.

Healthy Active Living Education
This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living. Students will learn movement skills and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety and injury prevention. They will investigate issues related to healthy sexuality and the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and will participate in activities designed to develop goal-setting, communication, and social skills.

Rhythm and Movement
This course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that have the potential to engage students' interest throughout their lives. Students will be encouraged to develop personal competence in a variety of movement skills, and will be given opportunities to practise goal-setting, decision-making, coping and social, and interpersonal skills. Students will also study the components of healthy relationships, reproductive health, mental health and personal safety. The predominant physical activity will be rhythm and movement.

Personal and Fitness Activities
This course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that have the potential to engage students' interest throughout their lives. Students will be encouraged to develop personal competence in a variety of movement skills, and will be given opportunities to practise goal-setting, decision-making, coping and social, and interpersonal skills. Students will also study the components of healthy relationships, reproductive health, mental health and personal safety. The predominant physical activity will be weight training, but will also include cardiovascular endurance activities.

Recreation and Fitness Leadership
This course focuses on the development of leadership and coordination skills related to recreational activities. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to plan, organize, and implement recreational events. They will also learn how to promote the value of physical fitness, personal well-being, and personal safety to others through mentoring. The course will prepare students for college programs in recreational, leisure, and fitness leadership.

Exercise Science
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 sports, and the factors that influence an individual's participation in physical activity. The course prepares students for university programs in physical education, kinesiology, recreation, and sports administration.

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