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PECI gets national nod for physical education

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students Jarod, Matt and Chris show their active spirit during an outdoor activity. The school recently received the PHE Canada Award for Quality Physical Education.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute is among 10 local schools that have won national recognition for their physical education programs.

Specifically, the awards are for the schools’ “Quality Physical Education” (QPE), a physical education program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students.
“Ideally, the program is offered on a daily basis throughout the entire school year,” says Jennifer Ronan, a publich health nurse with the Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit. “The awards are from Physical and Health Education Canada, the national organization for physical and health educators whose vision is to ensure all children and youth live healthy, physically active lives.

The local 2011 award recipients are: Centennial Secondary School, Centre Hastings Secondary School, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Hermon Public School, Moira Secondary School, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Susanna Moodie Elementary School, Trenton High School, Tweed Hungerford Senior School and St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School.

“Most elementary schools provide two to three classes of physical education each week,” says Ronan. “The curriculum is very crowded today and academic subjects are the priority. This often results in reductions to physical education time.

“These award-winning schools are great role models for physical education. Quality Physical Education gives children and youth a chance to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be physically active every day. It prepares the students to lead healthy, active lives. We need to value physical education just as we do language and math.”

Ronan urges parents to find out about their child’s physical education program. She suggests parents let the school know they value physical education and encourage the school to work toward becoming one of the PHE Canada award winners for next year.

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