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Health and Physical Education Curriculum: Parent and Community Update

The announcement of the update to the Province's Health and Physical Education Curriculum has brought with it many questions from our parents and members of our Catholic community. We are pleased to share that we will continue to teach the curriculum through the lens of our Catholic faith and with the support of our Fully Alive program. Booklets and information pamphlets have been ordered and will be sent home to all elementary families. These resources were created by the Institute for Catholic Education to help parents and community members understand how the new curriculum will be taught and reflect 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.

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 will 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.

Now that the revised curriculum has been released, the Catholic education community of Ontario is working together to produce resources that support our Catholic teachers and ensure that the curriculum delivered in our classrooms is consistent with our Catholic teachings and appropriate within the context of a Catholic classroom.

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 will not change 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/)

The following information provides an update on the materials and resources that have been produced or are currently under development to assist teachers, principals and Catholic school boards in the implementation of the recently revised Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum.

Parent Resources

A number of communications materials have been developed to assist school boards in introducing the revised HPE curriculum to parents and explain how the expectations of learning will be 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 will be delivered as part of the FLE curriculum taught in Catholic schools.

*NOTE: the Parent’s Guide for Secondary schools will follow later in September, 2015.

Understanding HPE and FLE – An Animated Video
This narrated animated video will explain how the expectations in the revised HPE curriculum link back to the family life curriculum that is taught in Catholic classrooms. *The video is anticipated to be completed later in September, 2015.

The resources will be posted online on the ICE website (www.iceont.ca) as they become available. The parent booklet and brochures will be offered in an interactive electronic format, as well as a downloadable pdf format. Print copies will also be available for order by school boards.

Teacher Resources

The following resources have been developed, and are currently in the process of editorial and theological review. Any materials intended for direct use with students in classrooms will be released following approval by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.

  • Teacher Monograph (Elementary) Expected: August, 2015
  • Teacher Monograph (Secondary) Expected: September, 2015
  • Curriculum Connections (Elementary) Expected: September, 2015
  • Curriculum Connections (Secondary) Expected: September, 2015
  • Classroom Resources (Elementary) – Supplements to Fully Alive Expected: Late October/ Early November, 2015
  • Classroom Resources (Secondary) Expected: Late October/ Early November, 2015
  • Additional Classroom Resources Expected: Winter, 2016

Information

For more information about the Fully Alive program, please visit: http://acbo.on.ca/englishweb/fullyalive.htm

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 Activity Curriculum, please contact your child's teacher or school principal. For general inquiries, email info@bhncdsb.ca