Health & PE Statement 2024/25

The Education Standards Act (2001) requires schools to consult with their parent community every two years. During this consultation process, we outline our current health education programme and provide an opportunity for you to comment. This feedback helps guide our teaching and learning programmes.

We asked our parent community the following questions:

  • What do you consider are the priorities for the students at Oxford Crescent School?

  • How important are these units in our programme? 

Parents were asked to consider their priorities in seven key learning areas within the Health & PE curriculum and to indicate whether each of the areas were essential, important or not important. They were then asked to comment on our present health education programme and on any other health-related topics that should be covered at the school. 

Our Analysis

In order, three key areas that were identified as essential or important:

  • Mental health education                    100%  (90.4% essential +9.6% important)

  • Body care and physical safety         100%  (87.7% essential +12.3% important) 

  • Physical activity                                       100%  (61.6% essential + 38.4% important)   

These three key areas have all been identified as our priorities in previous community consultations over several years. 

The next four areas identified as essential or important were rated in the following order: 

  • Food and nutrition                                                              93.2%  (46.6% essential + 46.6% important)

  • Outdoor education incl. camp                                      91.8%  (41.1% essential + 50.7% important) 

  • Sports studies                                                                        90.4%  (39.7% essential + 50.7% important)

  • Sexuality education - Changes at Puberty            87.7%  (49.3% essential + 38.4% important)

Our Health & PE Statement 

Our staff endorse these health priorities. This year we will look at either unpacking the Ministry of Education resource Mental Health Education - A Guide for Teachers, Leaders, and School Boards or look for other mental health programmes i.e. The Sir John Kirwan Foundation - Mitey - Mental Health Education in Schools.  At our Teacher Only Day on 29 January 2024, Andrew Mewett, Learning Support Co-ordinator from the Ministry of Education provided staff with professional development on students with ADHD.  Teachers are trained in using mindfulness from the Pause, Breath, Smile training already done.  

There were some comments in the survey about supporting students to deal with bullying. As a first step, we will continue with our Positive Behaviour for Learning programme (PB4L), actively teaching and supporting students to make good choices around behaviour. This programme will be extended to include such topics as coping with feelings – disappointment and anger management, what makes a good friend, dealing with peer pressure, team building skills, making informed choices, cyber safety and bullying prevention.

We will continue with our emphasis on body care and physical safety education. This includes pedal-ready road safety, sun safety, water safety, fire safety, personal hygiene, first aid and Keeping Ourselves Safe. We have regular visits from our Public Health nurse to our staff. For many, this puts a face to a name and provides an opportunity for discussion and to bounce ideas. Where there are individual concerns, parental contact directly with the Public Health nurse is encouraged.

As a school, we employ a sports coordinator 20 hours a week. This role has meant that our students have plenty of opportunities to experience new sports and access a wide range of events from the Wellington Round the Bays fun run to Touch Rugby to the Tough Guy and Gal challenge. We will continue our school-wide emphasis on regular physical activity and continue to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop skills within a range of sports, swimming and team games. There will be a renewed emphasis on upskilling staff where needs have been identified and an emphasis on students developing their fitness.

In the survey, there were a few people concerned about the term “Sexuality Education”. We will take this feedback opportunity to set people’s minds at ease as to what we cover in our programmes and how robust our consultation process is - complete with parent meetings prior.

Next steps

  1. Mental Health - Unpack Mental Health Education - A Guide for Teachers, Leaders, and School Boards or look at other mental health programmes i.e. The Sir John Kirwan Foundation - Mitey - Mental Health Education in Schools.  

  2. Body care/Physical safety - Continue delivering KOS and Changes at Puberty.

  3. Ensure we provide a range of sports & physical activity opportunities and make sure classroom planning reflects physical fitness and regular physical activity.