Health & Phys. Ed.

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Physical Education Courses at KCI offer a wide range of options for all participants.  We strive to make classes fun for everyone!

Courses are offered that encourage developing a healthy lifestyle through group activities, individual fitness, outdoor adventure, leadership, recreation and in class healthy living and exercise science lessons.  We want students to enhance their competence in a variety of skills so they are confident in being active daily – beyond their high school years.

Health and Physical Education Overview

The Health and Physical Education (HPE) program promotes healthy active living and enjoyment while students regularly participate in a variety of engaging physical activities. All HPE courses help students understand how their personal actions and decisions will affect their health, fitness, and well-being.

These courses also address relevant health issues and provide students with a wide range of activities that encourage fitness, the development of daily living skills as well as personal competence.

Students participate in four distinct but related strands within an HPE course:

  1. Movement Competence –  develop personal movement skills and strategies
  2. Active Living –  focuses on active participation, physical fitness and safety
  3. Healthy Living – improve knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions related to healthy growth and sexuality, lifelong health and personal safety
  4. Living Skills –  develop a “sense of self” related to personal skills, interpersonal skills and critical and creative thinking

 All students have access to programs that will suit their individual needs and will enhance their lives beyond high school:

The Specialist High Skills Major Program in Health and Wellness offers the opportunity for students to explore specific skills and training in the areas of: child and youth work, early childhood education, educational assistant, paramedic and other paramedical training, biomedical engineering training, chiropractic, dentistry, pharmacy, certified fitness training, medical office reception as well as fitness instructor training

  • Personal Fitness Courses offers the opportunity for students to explore their own personal fitness along with learning about the current trends in health and fitness opportunities
  • Outdoor Education provides students with the opportunity to challenge themselves in a variety of activities that encourage interaction with the environment while attaining the skills needed for enjoyment and personal safety

The Ministry of Education endorses HPE as an integral part of any high school program.  In fact, up to two credits in health and physical education can now count towards the 18 compulsory credits needed to earn a high school diploma.

All students are encouraged to take at least one credit in HPE each year of high school. 

Students in a health and physical education course have the opportunity to:

  • develop a positive attitude to lifelong healthy active living and the capacity to live satisfying, productive lives
  • develop personal life-management skills such as teamwork and communication which support other subject areas and life beyond high school
  • increase self-esteem and the ability to cope with stress

Health and Physical Education allows you to:

  • challenge yourself to be better in both physical and personal skills
  • learn to deal positively with daily stressors
  • open the door to unique activities that will support lifelong participation
  • be active on a daily basis
  • discover potential areas of employment

Course Descriptions

  • Students are required to take one health and physical education course for their high school diploma.
  • Students may take more than one course at most grade levels.
  • See the course descriptions and flow chart on the side menu for each grade level.

Grade 9

Healthy Active Living  –  PPL 1OX / 1OY / 1OG / 1OB 

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.  Note:  PPL 1OX/1OG are for female students only, PPL 1OY/1OB are for male students only.

Grade 10

Healthy Active Living  –  PPL 2OX / 2OY / 2OB / 2OG

This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living. Student learning will include the application of movement principles to refine skills; participation in variety of activities that enhance personal competence, fitness, and health; examination of issues related to healthy sexuality, healthy eating, substance use and abuse; and the use of informed decision-making, conflict resolution and social skills in making personal choices.  Note:  PPL 2OX/2OG are for female students only, PPL 2OY/2OB are for male students only.

Live-Fit  –  PAF 2OX 

This course offers the opportunity for students to explore and improve their own personal fitness along with learning about the current trends in health and fitness training and techniques.Note:  PAF 2OX is for female students only, and there is a course fee to cover the costs of enhancements.

Power-Fit  –  PAF 2OY

This course offers the opportunity for students to explore and improve their own personal fitness along with learning about the current trends in health and fitness training and techniques.  Note:  PAF 2OY is for male students only, and there is a course fee to cover the costs of enhancements.

Grade 11

Healthy Active Living  –  PPL 3OX / 3OY / 3OB / 3OG 

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, social and interpersonal skills. Students will also study the components of healthy relationships, reproductive health, mental health and personal safety. Note:  PPL 3OX/3OG are for female students only, PPL 3OY/3OB are for male students only.

Live-Fit  –  PAF 3OX  

This course helps students develop a personalized approach to healthy living. Students will examine the factors that affect their own health and the health of individuals as members of the community. They will learn about the components of the Vitality approach to healthy living – an initiative that promotes healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and a positive self-image. Throughout this course, students will learn up-to-date instructional techniques and incorporate these skills into individualized fitness programs.  These programs will include cardiovascular endurance,  flexibility and strength training.   Note:  PAF 3OX is for female students only, and there is a course fee to cover the costs of enhancements.

Power-Fit  –  PAF 3OY

This course helps students develop a personalized approach to healthy living. Students will examine the factors that affect their own health and the health of individuals as members of the community. They will learn about the components of the Vitality approach to healthy living – an initiative that promotes healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and a positive self-image. Throughout this course, students will learn up-to-date instructional techniques and incorporate these skills into individualized fitness programs.  These programs will include cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and strength training.   Note:  PAF 3OY is for male students only, and there is a course fee to cover the costs of enhancements.

Outdoor Education  –  PAD 3OW

This experiential course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle, participation, confidence, and understanding of safe practices in a variety of enjoyable outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, orienteering, canoeing and rowing. Students will also learn camp craft skills that will enhance outdoor activities they will carry into adulthood.  Note:  There is a  course fee to cover the costs of enhancements and an opportunity to participate in a back woods canoe trip.

Health For Life  –  PPZ 3OI

Students will examine the factors that affect their own health and the health of individuals as members of the community.  Students will also learn about the components of the Vitality approach to healthy living – an initiative that promotes healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and a positive self-image.  Units covered are sexuality, addictive behaviour, personality traits, fitness and nutrition.  This is a classroom course with very limited physical activity.

Grade 12

Healthy Active Living  –  PPL 4OI / 4OB 

This course focuses on the development of a personalized approach to healthy active living through participation in a variety of sport and recreational activities that have the potential to engage students’ interests throughout their lives. Students will develop and implement personal physical fitness plans. In addition, they will be given opportunities to refine their decision-making, conflict-resolution, and interpersonal skills, with a view to enhancing their mental health and their relationships with others.

Recreation and Fitness Leadership  –  PLF 4CI  

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.  Prerequisite:  ANY open level, grade 11 or 12 course in Health and Physical Education.

Exercise Science / Kinesiology –  PSE 4UI  

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. Prerequisite:  ANY 3U or 3M course in Science (strongly recommended), or ANY open level, grade 11  or 12 course in Health and Physical Education.

KCI Health and Physical Education Course Flow Chart

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NOTE

In Grade 10, students can take two (2) grade 10 courses (1 from each box).
In Grade 11, students can take four (4) grade 11 courses (1 from the first two boxes and 2 from the third box).
In Grade 12, students can take all 3 grade 12 courses.

Fitness Room

Fitness activities provide many positive health benefits.  The facilities at KCI are some of the best in the county and have attracted a significant number of participants.  Many students who use the facilities are training for various team sports or are exercising to become more fit while others work out to help relieve stress.

KCI fitness rooms are OPEN

Times to be announced.

Fitness Membership Cost is $30.00 for one semester and can only be purchased on a per semester basis. The student must also have purchased a KCI Student Card.

Please be advised that this fee is significantly less than those for a membership in community facilities and goes towards the maintenance and purchasing of new equipment.

Membership Requirements:

1)  Obtain a membership form from the HPE Office.

2)  Return completed form and payment to Mrs. Werner in the Health and Physical Education Office.

3)  Follow posted guidelines which include: appropriate apparel, returning all weights to their proper storage location when not in use, reporting any misuse of equipment and, using the equipment as it was designed to be used.  In addition, the student agrees to refrain from the use of banned substances while using the facility.

Note: Students must be trained in the safe and proper use of the equipment in order to avoid injury.  Students who have taken a Health and Physical Education course will have the basic knowledge required to use the facilities safely.  For those who have not taken an HPE course, an orientation session is mandatory and will be provided by a member of the HPE staff.  It is highly recommended that if a student is uncertain about how to use a particular piece of equipment or how to perform an activity that he/she request the assistance of an HPE teacher.

Teacher supervision is required for students to use the fitness rooms.  Each student must workout with a partner since it is unsafe for a student to use the fitness room alone.  The rules for use of the rooms and equipment are posted and students not following these rules risk losing their fitness room privileges.

CPR/AED Training

There are a number of opportunities to acquire varying levels of certification in First Aid and CPR/AED Training at KCI.

GRADE 9 :  All students will be trained in CPR/AED as part of their healthy active living course.

GRADES 11 & 12 :  Select courses may offer an opportunity for certification and/or re-certification.

Specialist High Skills Major Program  (Health and Wellness):   Will receive certification in Standard First Aid and CPR/AED.

Facilities

Indoors

  • 3 separate gymnasia with space for four classes
  • one cardiovascular room with Life Cycles, spin bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines,  rowing machines, Stair Master
  • class set of stability balls, mats, skipping ropes, hand weights, exercise and yoga mats
  • re-furbished washrooms with showers
  • designated Health Room

Outdoors

  • a newly renovated field with equipment shed that can accomodate multiple classes
  • use of Cherry Park, Victoria Park, Iron Horse Trail, Waterloo Park
  • Don McLaren Arena beside the school utilized for broomball, ice skating & hockey (seniors only)
  • easy access to many facilities that create excellent opportunities for our students’ physical education needs:  Waterloo Recreational Centre, Breithaupt Community Centre, the Family Fitness Club, the K-W Badminton Club, the K-W Granite Club, Westmount Golf and Country Club, Kitchener City Hall, Billiards Halls, Bowling Alleys