Course Outline

“Reach for the Heights”

The PHE curriculum is built around the high-level concepts and principles that are fundamental to making responsible and informed health and safety decisions. The intention of PHE curriculum is for students to develop deeper understandings of the key concepts of PHE and to be able to transfer that understanding to different situations throughout their lives.  Students are encouraged to think critically and make decisions that reflect their interest, aptitudes, and healthy living goals.


Physical and Health Education (PHE) is a performance based course therefore attendance is mandatory.

It is expected that students taking part in Physical and Health Education at Alpha will:

  • Participate in each activity to the best of their ability
  • Conduct themselves in a positive, respectful, and safe manner
  • Assume an ongoing responsibility for their performance in the course
  • Wear appropriate PHE strip and footwear at all times.
    • Students should bring a change of clothes that are breathable and afford students a full range of movement for physical activities. (ex. no jeans/jeggings/revealing clothing; you should be able to participate in high intensity activities with ease in your gym clothes). 
    • Please be aware that the gym facility is a scent-free zone. Please avoid the use of axe or perfume in change rooms.
    • Please maintain a high level of hygiene and wash your gym strip often.
    • Please bring a change of clothes that includes appropriate outdoor apparel, as outdoor classes will be held rain or shine.
  • Arrive to class on time and remain in class until dismissed. Teachers allow 5 minutes to change at the start and end of class. This provides students with ample time to arrive to class on time and in PHE gym-strip. Late arrival will influence your daily participation mark.
  • Provide an explanatory note from a parent/doctor for absences or medical restrictions
  • Cell phones are not permitted in class, unless directed by your teacher. Leave all valuables in a locked/secure location.
  • Bring a water bottle to ensure hydration
  • Follow all COVID 19 procedures and protocols

Facility and Equipment Rules

  • Students are expected to use the equipment in a safe and sensible manner at all times
  • Please do not bring food or drink in to the gym (except water)
  • Please refrain from chewing gum in the gym; it is a choking hazard
  • Students are not permitted in the equipment room unless supervised by a teacher
  • Students are not permitted in the gyms or weight room without supervision
  • Students are expected to treat the change rooms with respect. Please use appropriate language and be aware of other classrooms in the building.
  • Please do not climb or sit on the bleachers when the bleachers are closed
  • Please avoid running up the walls and hanging on the basketball hoops as it is a safety concern
  • Please enter the gym from the main doors to avoid tracking in outside mud and dirt
  • Maintain cleanliness of equipment using provided cleaning supplies


Students will participate in nine units throughout the course. Each unit will deal with a different activity. These units may include rugby, soccer, football, ultimate, volleyball, basketball, handball, dance, gymnastics, track and field, minor games, floor hockey, lacrosse, table tennis, yoga, bocce, Tchoukball, frisbee golf, tennis, active health, and badminton. Each unit will introduce the sport, develop/build upon fundamental movement patterns and skills required to be successful in the activity with the goal of becoming more confident and proficient in the sport.

The curricular competencies of Physical and Health Education are:

  1. Physical Literacy – participating in movement skills, participating in movement concepts, monitoring and adjusting personal level of physical activity, identifying preferred types of physical activities, identifying motivational factors that influence physical activity
  2. Health and Active Living – participating in physical activities designed to enhance and maintain health and fitness, overcoming barriers to physical activity participation, analyzing health messages, pursuing and reflecting upon physical health goals
  3. Social and Community Health – responding to unsafe, abusive, or exploitative situations, responding to discrimination, stereotyping, and bullying, developing skills to maintain healthy relationships, analyzing social influences on health
  4. Mental Well-Being – evaluating and maintaining mental well-being, exploring factors that contribute to substance use, creating and maintaining strategies to manage physical, emotional, and social changes, exploring relationships between physical activity, mental well-being, and overall health

Daily participation marks, unit participation marks, self-assessment, journals/written assignments, fitness day participation marks, school runs, and warm up/fitness component participation will provide continual feedback to students about their performance in the course.

Assessment Examples for PHE:

The curricular competencies for PHE are assessed using an extending, proficient, developing, and emerging scale.

PHE Mark for Daily Participation
Extending = 9-10 In PE strip, on time, AWESOME attitude and participation, on task, STRONG consistent effort, respects peers and teacher, offers to help with equipment and demonstrates LEADERSHIP.Proficient = 7-8 In PE strip, on time, GOOD attitude and participation, on task, STRONG consistent effort, respects peers and teacher, offers to help with equipment.
Developing = 6 In PE strip, on time, GOOD attitude and participation, on task, good consistent effort and respects peers and teachers.  Emerging = 1-5 Is late for class, not in full gym strip, negative attitude towards activities and fellow athletes, displays disruptive and disrespectful behaviour or puts out minimal effort. Is absent or truant.


Students who need to be excused from class for a short period of time should bring a note from their parent(s) or guardian(s). These students should still arrive with their PHE gym-strip (if they are at school) and be prepared to try to participate to the best of their ability.  Teachers will decide which adaptations can be made and/or assignments that can be completed to ensure the student is included and successful. 

Students who need to be excused from class for a longer period of time (more than 3 classes) must bring a medical form from their doctor. Depending on the condition, alternate assignments will be provided by your teacher.

Students who have an on-going medical problem and require an adaptation to the regular PHE program must bring a doctor’s note, maintain regular communication with the teacher and will receive alternate activities and assignments as required.

If students display flu or cold-like symptoms, they need to be kept at home and/or will be sent to the office, then home if they display symptoms during class time. 

General Information

  • Students are responsible for the security of their personal property. Please leave cell phones, iPods, earbuds, jewellery and wallets in a locker or secure location.
  • Classes begin with a warm up/fitness component. Participation in these activities is mandatory.
  • Field Trip activities are available to students in grades 8-12. Separate information sheets and field trip forms will be provided.
  • Further information and questions can be directed to your PHE teacher (see contact list below).

Physical and Health Education should be a fun and rewarding experience. Please bring a positive and cooperative attitude to class. Do your best and you will succeed! We look forward to having a fun and exciting year!

Your Alpha PHE Teachers,

Meagan Vulama – – PHE Department Head

Jane Kublick –

Kamaljit Hull –

Nirmal Chandi –  

Kathleen Douglas –

Martina Cawker –