Seven schools have won national awards in recognition of their quality physical education programs.
- Centennial Secondary School
- Moira Secondary School
- Park Dale School
- Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
- Susanna Moodie Elementary School
- Trenton High School
- Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School
Physical and Health Education Canada awarded the honours. It is a national organization for physical and health educators whose vision is to ensure all children and youth live healthy, physically active lives.
The awards are for each school’s Quality Physical Education programs. QPE denotes a program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students. Ideally, the program is offered on a daily basis throughout the school year in elementary schools. In secondary schools, the programs must provide compulsory physical education courses that are exceptional and enhanced by intramural activities.
According to PHE Canada, Quality Physical Education programs provide the best opportunity to develop physical literacy in children and youth.
"Children who are physically literate have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Without physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from or avoid physical activity and sport and turn to inactive or unhealthy choices," said Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse with the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.
Stacey Belanger, principal at Park Dale School agrees.
"Teaching children physical literacy is important. Being able to help children learn fundamental movement and sport skills will help them become confident and competent individuals who are more likely to enjoy being active for a lifetime," said Belanger.
Ronan said that, on average, a student graduating from high school, will have spent 15,000 hours watching TV but will have spent just 500 hours in physical and health education programs. She urges parents to speak to their child’s principal.
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