Health & Physical Education

Welcome to the Health & Physical Education Department! We offer a range of subjects; Physical Education, Health Education, Outdoor Education and Sports Performance & Leadership.

In Year 9 and Year 10 Health & Physical Education is a core subject. At Year 9 they have four periods per week and in year 10 three periods a week; two of which are Physical Education and one Health lesson.

At year 10 students can select outdoor Education as a half year option

Year 11, 12 and 13 students are able to study Physical Education, Health and Outdoor Education. Year 12 and 13 students are able to study Sports Performance and Leadership.

The subject area can lead to the following careers:

Medical Sector

Doctor, Physiotherapist, Nurse, Midwife, Dentist, Dietician, Psychologists, Massage Therapist.

Education Sector

Teaching, Nanny/Childcare, Counsellor, Youth Worker, Outdoor Education Instructor.

Health Promotion Sector

Health Services, Social Work, Community Work.

Fitness Industry 

Coach, Official, Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Events Manager, Recreation Coordinator.

Protective Services

Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Firefighters, Corrections, Customs.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education at Papanui High School introduces students to our unique natural environment and develops an appreciation and respect for the outdoors. Outdoor Education students will develop skills in self-management, group support and teamwork, accepting challenges and making informed decisions using sound judgement. There is a focus on preparing the students to be independent and informed users of the outdoors.

Course work can be based in practical contexts including: bush craft, tramping, safety management, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, snow skills, weather, trip planning, navigation, Outdoor First Aid, environmental sustainability and ropes course.

Courses can include a significant number of trips during school time. Students are expected to manage a workload and commitments to make themselves available. 

Students may need to provide some of their own equipment for aspects of courses which could include basic outdoor clothing and equipment – raincoat (waterproof and preferably breathable), thermal base layer clothing, synthetic or wool insulation layer clothing, sturdy footwear, sleeping bag and mountain bike.

This course will develop an awareness and knowledge of outdoor environments, which may lead to further study in a range of outdoor professions including Adventure Tourism, Outdoor instruction, Eco Tourism, Conservation and Environmental education.