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Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The updated provincial Health and Physical Education Curriculum (2015) brought with it many questions from our parents and members of our Catholic community. We are pleased to share that we continue to teach the curriculum through the lens of our Catholic faith and with the support of our Fully Alive program. Resources were created by the Institute for Catholic Education to help parents and community members understand how the revised curriculum is being taught and how it reflects our gospel teachings. For an online version of these resources, please see links in the Catholic Resources for the Health and Physical Education Curriculum (2015) section below.

As Catholics, we understand that parents and guardians are the primary educators of their children. Your role in the teaching of family life issues is pivotal and vital. As a Catholic school system, we work with our parents and our parishes to provide for our students an education that is founded in the Gospel of Jesus, and reflects a Catholic world view.

We want to reassure you that while we have a responsibility to teach the curriculum set out by the Ministry of Education in education policy, we continue to do so in a manner that conveys, respects and models our Catholic values to our students. The vast majority of the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum is already covered within our existing Fully Alive program. Although some of the content has been reassigned, with the expectation that it be delivered in earlier grades, we are confident that we will be able to deliver the revised curriculum within the context of our Family Life program, in a way that is consistent with Church teachings and our faith tradition.

As with our existing Fully Alive program practice, we will provide parents/guardians with a clear understanding of all content that is covered in relation to human sexuality prior to it being introduced in our classrooms. Our process for parental acknowledgement and consent for sexual health topics has not changed and we will continue to work closely with our parents to educate the whole child. The Fully Alive program complements the efforts of families and supports what our parents are doing at home.

Catholic Resources for the Health and Physical Education Curriculum (2015)

(taken from http://iceont.ca/resources/parent-resources/health-physical-education-updates/)

Parent Resources

A number of communications materials have been developed to assist school boards in introducing the revised HPE curriculum to parents and to explain how the expectations of learning are being delivered as part of the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum in Catholic schools.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Family Life Education in Catholic Schools (view resource)
This booklet provides a comprehensive overview of the family life curriculum, as taught in Catholic schools.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding How Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health & Physical Education Curriculum Will be Taught in Catholic Schools

This series of brochures explains how the expectations contained in the Human Development and Sexual Health strand of the HPE curriculum are being delivered as part of the FLE curriculum taught in Catholic schools.

Information

For more information about the Fully Alive program, please visit: http://acbo.on.ca/fully-alive/

For more information about the revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health.html

If you have any questions or concerns about revisions to the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, please contact your child's teacher or school principal. For general inquiries, email info@bhncdsb.ca