Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


NZEI welcomes physical activity education

Tuesday October 4th, 2004

NZEI welcomes physical activity education initiative

The education union NZEI Te Riu Roa today welcomed the announcement of a further development in the "Active Schools" initiative by Minister of Education Trevor Mallard.

Mr Mallard has said he will regulate so that every child participates in at least one hour of physical activity a week from the beginning of 2006. The activity would be facilitated by a physical activity education specialist or a teacher with extra training, supported by additional resources and professional development.

“NZEI welcomes greater emphasis on the health and physical well-being of Kiwi children to supplement the already successful programmes in schools such as Push Play, Kiwi Sport and daily fitness approaches,” Mr Tarr said.

“However, the recently negotiated paid classroom release time for teachers should not become a compulsory route to resourcing more physical education. Schools need to be able to determine their own priorities for the use of the classroom release time resource in line with the needs of their students. For example, those with extensive phys.ed programmes already may wish to do other things, such as developing arts programmes."

He said that while over time many schools might elect to utilise the additional staffing they would receive due to the release time agreement to implement the “Active Schools" initiatives, compelling them to do this would be counter-productive.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news