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Being physically active increases cognitive function. Studies indicate that students who participate regularly in physical activity perform better academically. Through physical education, students learn valuable life lessons for the workplace, such as teamwork, problem-solving skills, and communication skills. Participating in regular physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of health problems. It is also an important factor in overall wellness and positive mental health. Health and Physical Education provides opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and strategies for participation in both recreational and competitive sport. Senior Physical Education courses enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.



  • Health and Physical Education
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Leadership and Fitness
  • Exercise Science

Important Links

Ontario Physical and Health Association

Exercise Science Online Resource

Niagara Regional Athletic Association

PHE Canada

Tribes Learning Community

Niagara Region Public Health


Critical Areas of Learning

Active Participation:

Motivating Students to engage in regular physical activity is the foundation of St. Catharines Collegiate Health and Physical Education Program. Students are provided the opportunity to experience a wide-variety of activities in a non-threatening environment with emphasis on enjoyment and maximum participation. 

Personal Fitness:

Regular participation in physical fitness activities is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. It prevents disease, and enhances one’s quality of life. The activities offered will emphasize one or more of the 5 areas of physical fitness: cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition.

Physical Literacy:

Being physically active later on in life is often a result of having learned the fundamental movement and sport skills as a child or adolescent.  The Collegiate Health and Physical program strives to foster the development of physical literacy by offering access to the knowledge and skills necessary to participate with confidence in an activity setting.

Healthy Living:

Making positive lifestyle choices is a critical determinant of one’s overall health. It is important to us that Collegiate HPE students are provided with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary in order to make informed decisions in areas such as Sexual Health, Drugs and Alcohol, Food and Nutrition, and Healthy Relationships. 


The Collegiate Health and Physical Education Department strives to embody a “Tribes Classroom.”  The purpose of tribes is to foster a caring and supportive environment in order for each student to reach his or her potential. Through the process of tribes, students are taught the 4 agreements: Attentive Listening, Right to Participate, Mutual Respect, and Appreciation. Students are encouraged to acknowledge his or her own social development through the process of collaboration.