Physical education

The goal of the HS Physical Education program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enhance the well-being of themselves and others. Students are required to complete Physical Education I in Grade 9 and one other semester course in Grade 10, 11 or 12 to fulfill the physical education graduation requirement.


Grade 9; 1 credit; full year pass/fail

Grade 9 Well-being is the first year of a two-year sequence focused on student well-being. The course is structured around the newly adopted ASL K-12 well-being framework. Students spend approximately half their time engaged in physical activity and the other half in classroom-based experiences involving health education and well-being practices, such as meditation. Information literacy and digital well-being are delved into, including work utilizing real-world scenarios. The course is taught by multiple teachers who have expertise in the different areas. The course is offered on a pass/fail basis and students are expected to fully engage in their learning. 

Physical Education II

Grades 10-12; ½ credit; semester I or II

This semester course provides students with a range of non-traditional activities, which complement and build on those experienced in Grade 9 PE. Students continue to develop their collaborative skills, and participants have the opportunity to challenge themselves by taking on a peer leadership role. Students are encouraged to critique the role of sport in society and consider how we can seek to address inequality. Students are assisted to further develop their motor skills. Assessment is based on the three areas covered by the ASL Physical Education Standards: movement, understanding, and social and emotional behaviors.

Sports Leadership

Grades 10-12; ½ credit; semester II

Sports Leadership provides the starting point for students interested in developing their leadership skills in order to take on a role as a team captain, coach or peer leader. Skills developed during the semester can also be applied to life in general. Leadership is the focus of the course, not sporting ability. During the semester, each student has the opportunity to:

  • develop as well as use a variety of presentation skills by participating in cooperative games and activities.
  • gain a competent level of understanding the concepts and principles of leadership skills (communication, motivation, organization, safety, confidence and knowledge) and the 6 Cs of teamwork (commitment, communication, contribution, compromise, cooperation and celebration).
  • use leadership skills as well as the 6 Cs of teamwork to design, develop and plan activities, which they go on to lead or teach.

Sports Leadership has set learning outcomes and assessments, including written assignments and a practical aspect. The final project is designing and developing a lesson that the student teaches to middle school PE students.

Lifetime Fitness

Grades 10-12; ½ credit; semester I or II

This course is aimed at students with a genuine interest in learning how to develop and maintain a balanced health-enhancing fitness regime, and modelling this in our community. The key focus areas include:

  • Developing a range of skills and fitness through lifetime fitness activities/sports
  • Developing the key knowledge and skills to create and safely implement a personal exercise program
  • Developing STAR fitness goals for general well-being
  • Critically analyzing fitness goals, programs and reflecting on the process
  • Building positive and safe work habits around fitness development
  • Working with and mentoring younger students to help them develop their skills and fitness in modified games

Lifetime Fitness builds on the knowledge covered in the fitness units in previous years, covering components of fitness, energy systems, and principles of training. Students are taken through a range of training methods and training activities, learning how to perform key exercises safely and effectively.

Along with the practical component of this course, students are expected to write and evaluate personal fitness goals, develop an exercise program, and keep a training log, which they use to help them evaluate their personal exercise program. They are guided through how to work with younger people and promote regular physical activity to improve health and well-being. Assessments are based on the three areas covered by the ASL Physical Education Standards: movement, understanding, and social and emotional behaviors.