Physical Education


Physical, Health and Outdoor Education, plays a vital role in students learning journeys and the path to lifelong well-being at Mairehau High School. It aims to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Establish and maintain a well-rounded harmony of one’s own wellbeing in the pursuit of a developing and growing holistic self identity.
  • Gain awareness of the socio-ecological influences on self, others and society, generating questions and critical thinking that leads to the wise application of appropriate strategies.
  • Identify, describe and demonstrate ways in which they can make positive choices and contributions to both their class-culture and advocating change in the Mairehau culture through leadership, participation, positive relationships and role modelling.
  • Discover one’s own values, attitudes and beliefs and develop them to gain an optimistic perspective for the future.
  • Develop interpersonal skills that are exemplified through relationships built on respect, care and concern for others and our learning journey.
  • Enjoy movement and participate fully in a variety of ‘roles’ in and out of timetabled movement opportunities at Mairehau.


Junior Physical Education (YEAR 9/10)


Physical Education is compulsory for students in Year 9 and 10. The Year 9/10 Physical Education programme has been designed to directly address each of the core values of our NZ Curriculum, with each unit of learning focusing on and unpacking a specific value; excellence, innovation inquiry and curiosity, diversity, equity, community and participation, ecological sustainability and integrity, through a range of different movement and health related contexts. We also give students an introduction to Functional Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics.

Year 11 Physical Education

This course is definitely for those who love everything about sport and movement. We learn about sports science (biomechanics/anatomy) and how this helps the performance of sport. We partake in various physical pursuits from rock climbing to basketball to circus skills (diabolo / juggling / uni-cycling), to measure our physical prowess and reflect on our own participatory habits. It is the platform to Level 2 and 3 PE. Students will develop Interpersonal skills, safety and risk management knowledge, and the ability to self-management.

Year 12 Physical Education

This course begins with the annual ‘Mairehau vs Wild’. This camp provides students with the opportunity to test their planning skills and ability to stay away from the big smoke. We also write individualised training programmes demonstrating our understanding of biophysical principles. We learn how to be awesome leaders and socially responsible citizens whilst completing a series of fun and challenging tasks. Overall the theme is: Plan. Do. Succeed. Reflect. The essential skills developed focus on planning, reflecting, applying theory to contextual situations, self-management, and taking initiative.

Year 13 Physical Education

The course provides students with the opportunity to partake in a journey where they discover more about themselves and our wider world. We look to future (‘wellbeing trajectory’) after reflecting on the past and our present state (involves fitness/personality/character testing). Students then create goals for each term, the year and the future that we work towards together. Often we need support to achieve our goals, so there is an emphasis on links with other organisations/ schools/clubs/Sport Canterbury/NZIS/UNI/MHS community to assist you. The core skills being produced relate to goal setting, planning, reflection, initiative, critical thinking, self-management, and most importantly evaluation.


Outdoor Education


The junior school have opportunities to engage with Outdoor Education through participation in camps.

Year 9

The Year 9 cohort go on camp at the beginning of the year called “Piki mai kake mai”. The name means ‘welcome on board’ and represents both the opportunity for students to get to know one another on a deeper level and expresses the focus of our camp: To fully induct and welcome students to the ‘Mairehau Way’, to come aboard our waka. The purpose of Piki mai kake mai is to introduce the students to various experiences that are not available to them on school site. Experiences such as mountain biking, river exploration, kayaking, tramping, abseiling, and a variety of sporting and adventure-based learning activities. In and through these activities the students will be developing their Key Competencies, particularly: learning to manage themselves, participating and contributing to their fullest capacity, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills in relating to others.

Year 10

The Year 10 cohort go on camp at the end of the year called Tiketiketanga. The name means ‘Reach for the Sky,’ and represents both the opportunity for students to gain ‘REACH credits’ and expresses the focus of our camp: To develop aspirations and motivation for the future. Tiketiketanga is the concluding event for the Year 10 academic year, where students have the opportunity to solidify what they have learnt during the year and prepare to enter into the senior school and Level 1 of the NCEA framework. The students will be offered a number of Achievement and Unit Standards to attempt and therefore have the opportunity to gain Level 1 NECA credits. The purpose of Tiketiketanga is to introduce the students to various experiences that are not available to them on school site. Experiences such as the high ropes course at Adrenalin Forest, mountain biking through Bottle Lake Forest, surf awareness at Spencer Park beach, orienteering and navigation around the Brooklands Lagoon, and a variety of sporting and adventure-based learning activities. In and through these activities the students will be focusing on personal and social development (an increase in self-awareness; an increase in the awareness of the impact of actions on others; and behaviours which help the growth of others.) And physical and emotional safety (this also includes psychological, ecological and cultural safety.)

Pre-requisite for Senior Outdoor Education

To qualify for a senior outdoor education course the students must complete what has been affectionately termed ‘Mairehau’s Longest Day’. This is a challenge of body, soul and spirit that takes place across the span of Jacks Pass up to Lake Tennyson. The event is held during the fourth term and is not for the faint at heart. It involves a 7km run up Jacks Pass, a 38km MTB into Lake Tennyson, a 12km tramp around Mt Southy and back down the Mt McCabe side of the lake, and a 7km paddle across the lake and back. The day culminates at Hanmer hot springs for a soak and dinner.

Year 11 Outdoor Education

This course offers a variety of exciting modules: ABL/Low/High Ropes, Orienteering/Navigation, Mountain Biking, Weather/Snow/Alpine, Tramping/Camping, Water Safety/Rafting, Rock Climbing. There are many specific technical skills taught but a large focus of the course is on the development of interpersonal skills, teamwork, and building trust. The year is a personal journey of building confidence, self-discovery and learning to manage one’s self. The course also highlights progressions of critical thinking about safety.

Year 12 Outdoor Education

This course develops on the technical skills taught in OED 102, offering a variety of similar exciting modules: ABL/Low/High Ropes, Orienteering/Navigation, Mountain Biking, Weather/Snow/Alpine, Tramping/Camping, Water Safety/Rafting, and Rock Climbing. There is a continued pursuit of interpersonal skills, and an emphasis of building on teamwork and trust. The personal journey of pushing ones comfort zone is extended, building self-exploration and innovation. Thinking about safety extends from self to others, learning to mitigate real risks while increasing perceived risks to their own personal limitations.

Year 13 Outdoor Education

As Year 13 students the course leads the school in applying their expertise in the following areas: ABL/Low/High Ropes, Navigation/Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Camping/Tramping/River Crossing, Survival Skills, Weather Interpretation, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, and Caving. There is a shift in focus toward leadership and safety management, focusing on group motivation and coordination, risk analysis and mitigation. Students facilitate the Year 9 camp and what was EOTC trips, now become epic journeys the push personal and group boundaries to the limits. There is also a strong project-based environmental sustainability element to the course.

He oranga ngākau, he pikinga waiora.

Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your sense of self-worth.

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