Christ the King Catholic School Consultation on Health Programme August 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers Section 60B of the Education Act 1989, as amended by the Education Standards Act 2001, states that it is a legal requirement for schools to consult with their communities regarding the delivery of the health education component of the different learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The first section of this document will give you some information about CTK’s health programmes and the second section will give you an opportunity to give us feedback or to make comment on our delivery of the health curriculum.

Section One: Christ the King Catholic School Health Programmes
The following statements from the New Zealand Curriculum set the direction for teaching and learning in health.

"This learning area makes a significant contribution to the well-being of students beyond the classroom, particularly when it is supported by school policies and procedures and by the actions of all people in the school community.

In health education, students develop their understanding of the factors that influence the health of individuals, groups and society: lifestyle, economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental factors. Students develop competencies for mental wellness, reproductive health and positive sexuality, and safety management, and they develop understandings of nutritional needs. Students build resilience through strengthening their personal identity and sense of self-worth, through managing change and loss, and through engaging in processes for responsible decision making. They learn to demonstrate empathy, and they develop skills that enhance relationships. Students use these skills and understandings to take critical action to promote personal, interpersonal, and societal well-being".

Ministry of Education. 2007.
The New Zealand Curriculum.

The key areas of learning in health are:
1. Mental Health
* Knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance a sense of self-worth
* The development of personal and interpersonal skills
* Knowledge and skills to make informed decisions that promote well-being
* Sexuality Education
* Knowledge, understanding and skills relating to sexual development – physical, emotional and social
* Food and Nutrition
* Knowledge and understanding of the nutrition people, across all ages, require for growth and development
* Understanding of how nutrition, exercise and well-being are related

2. Body Care and Physical Safety
* Knowledge, understanding and skills for personal body care and the prevention of illness, injury, infection and common lifestyle disorders
* Develop attitudes and values that encourage responsibility for own physical well-being and that of other people, and to care for the environment
3. Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
Christ the King Catholic School offers students a range of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, including bi-annual school camps for our Year 5-8 students. These experiences provide valuable opportunities for children to develop and express the values of our school charism (respect, love & service, justice, peace & joy), and the key competencies of Thinking, Relating to Others and Managing Self. They also support the rich concept approach to our curriculum. We have well documented procedures to ensure the safety of our students during these experiences.

At Christ the King Catholic School all teaching and learning in the area of health education takes place in the context of the values and teachings of our Catholic faith. The key areas of learning are covered at our school in a number of ways:

1. Through our Religious Education and school values programmes such as MYSELF and OTHERS
2. As an integral part of our termly Rich Concepts, e.g. IDENTITY/ COMMUNITY/ RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES
3. Through the Life Education classroom (on-site every two years)
4. As part of special focus units such as the Safe Walking, DARE and Get Firewise programmes facilitated by Police and Fire Service educators
5. Through age appropriate classroom programmes such as the NEST Puberty changes programme (on-site every two years)
6. FIRST AID training for Year 5-8 students
7. As a result of situations that arise, e.g. playground disputes, questions raised in classrooms
9. SWIS programmes focused on positive leadership and developing positive self-esteem
10. KIDSCAN involvement
11. Milk in Schools programme
12. KIWISPORT and classroom PE programmes

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