Announcement : 

Tinana/Physical Education

Physical Education at Waatea School 

At Waatea School, we take a holistic approach to physical education, incorporating Te Ao Māori perspectives into our diverse range of activities. Our program is designed to cater to the needs and interests of all students, ensuring they develop not only physical skills but also cultural understanding and well-being.

Our curriculum includes a variety of activities that align with the principles of Tapa Whā, promoting the well-being of tamariki across four dimensions: tinana (physical), hinengaro (mental/emotional), whānau (social), and wairua (spiritual). Through activities such as Mau Rakau, a traditional Māori martial art, students learn discipline, coordination, and respect for themselves and others.

In addition to Mau Rakau, we prioritize daily whole-school fitness sessions to encourage active lifestyles and build endurance and strength. Ball skills and team sports are also integral parts of our program, teaching students cooperation, communication, and sportsmanship. These activities are complemented by fundamental skills training, ensuring students have a solid foundation in movement and coordination.

At Waatea School, we embed tikanga practices throughout our physical education program, fostering cultural pride and understanding among our students. We provide opportunities for senior students to engage in prestigious events such as CM Games and sports camps, where they can showcase their talents and represent our school with pride. Our participation in South Auckland Primary Zone sports, in collaboration with Counties Manukau, allows our students to compete at a regional level and build connections with neighboring schools.

Our Physical Education Program at Waatea School is not just about exercise; it’s about empowering our students to thrive physically, mentally, and culturally. Through a Te Ao Māori lens, we aim to cultivate well-rounded individuals who are confident, resilient, and connected to their community.