Health and Physical Education (HPE)

Our biggest focus is to provide a space for our students to make positive connections to healthy active living that can continue for life.

Core Elements of the Health and Physical Education curriculum

Living Skills

Develop positive relationship skills, positive self-concept and resilience.

Physical Literacy

Develop movement competence needed to participate in a range of physical activities.

Active Living

Develop skills and knowledge that will enable enjoyment in being active and healthy throughout their lives.

Health Literacy

Develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to healthy development and a sense of personal responsibility for lifelong health.

Frequently Asked Questions

We teach sports through game categories that share common sport tactics. 

Invasion-Territory: basketball, floorball, soccer, lacrosse, speedball, rugby, flag football, ultimate, handball

Net-Wall: badminton, pickleball, table tennis, squash (Royal Canadian Yacht Club), speedminton

Striking-Fielding: kickball, cricket

Target: variations of golf (disc, soccer, medicine ball)Body Management: dance

In our foundation program (F1 and F2) we teach the units in the following areas: 

mental health/daily stress management, healthy eating, sexual health, personal safety (digital citizenship) and substance use, abuse and related behaviours

In our middle and senior programs (M3, M4 and S5) we focus on developing the health skill competencies needed for our students to lead health-enhancing lives now and in the future:

  • Accessing valid and reliable information, products and services
  • Analyzing influences
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Decision-making
  • Self-management
  • Goal setting
  • Advocacy

These skills will be the focus of instruction and the traditional topics areas (mental health, healthy eating, sexual health, personal safety and substance use, abuse and related behaviours) become the context through which students learn and develop their skills. There is more room for student voice and choice inside this skills-approach framework wherein our students can apply the information more easily to their personal lives and their individual needs rather than being taught for the sake of knowing about a topic. The approach supports student development of skill proficiency as a primary purpose of health education.

Absolutely not. Our program supports developing in our students a healthy active lifestyle now and in the future, so our evaluation is focused on participation, safety and personal and social responsibility. We devote lots of time in classes to physical activity to help our students develop greater physical literacy which will help them be more confident, competent and enthusiastic in being physically active.

Students from F1 (Grade 7) to S5 (Grade 11) receive 75-minutes HPE classes two to three times each week.

There is no required uniform and we do not provide uniforms for HPE. We want our students to exercise in what makes them feel comfortable, as long as it is suitable clothing for physical activity (e.g. running shoes, shorts/track pants/leggings, tank top/t-shirt/long-sleeve shirt/sweatshirt).

Our classes are 75 minutes long. Each class we try to have our students moving for at least half of this time, more often longer (35-45 minutes). When we shift into health units, we incorporate movement breaks so they still get some movement.

There is no time to shower however in the older grades, when we are doing vigorous personal workouts, we do ask students if they would like some extra time for showers.

Foundation Program (Grade 7 and 8)
We focus on body weight exercises and correct exercise technique. We teach fitness through the health- and skill-related components of fitness: cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, speed, power, agility, balance, coordination, reaction time. 

Middle and Senior Programs (Grade 9 to 12)
We focus more on strength training (with weights and bodyweight) and correct exercise technique and strength and fitness protocols. We continue to focus on the health- and skill-related components of fitness but we also look more at sport-specific fitness and functional fitness and the seven basic movement patterns: squat, lunge, push, pull, hinge, twist, and walk. There is also more focus on personal fitness and choice – finding what motivates you to move!

There are always leadership opportunities through our athletics department. Mr. Jeff Kennedy is our Athletics Director and Mr. Garry Kollins is our Head of Student Life and they could answer any questions related to this. 

Health and physical education is mandatory at UTS from F1-S5. HPE supports whole-personal development and community building (physical literacy, health literacy and social-emotional learning) so there is no exemption from HPE.

If a student has an injury, we are always flexible in our HPE program and can provide modifications as needed in class. We also support taking time out for rest and recovery and working on any stretches or rehab exercises. If a student has a concussion, we have a concussion protocol at UTS that is followed and students will not be allowed back in HPE until their return to school form has been signed and we support fully this rest and recovery time and we’ll excuse them from any activities they have to miss in HPE during this time.

Wellness is a strategic initiative at UTS and our definition of success includes health and wellbeing as these are essential on a long term path of achievement. Mandatory health and physical education from F1 (Grade 7) to S5 (Grade 11) models making time for movement each day and some self-reflection and critical thinking about how healthy active living habits support academic achievement, holistic health, resilience and happiness.

In F1 (Grade 7) and F2 (Grade 8) parents may exempt their child from the sexual health unit. 

From M3 (Grade 9) to S5 (Grade 11), students are not exempt from the sexual health units as they are part of the Healthy Living Strand evaluation in the secondary school Health and Physical Education curriculum. We are always open though to meet and discuss any questions parents may have about our sexual health units at UTS.

Do you have more questions? Get in touch with our PHE Department.

Kris EwingDepartment Coordinator
Jeff KennedyAthletic Director
Mitch ChuvaloTeacher and Coach
Virginia KiTeacher and Coach
Walter GuerraTeacher and Coach
Mike DidierTeacher and Coach