Schools have an important role in promoting sport through the co-curricular programmes they offer students. These programmes allow students to build on and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they develop in the school's physical education curriculum. Organised school sports programmes should neither be seen as substitutes for sport studies in this curriculum nor as the specific domain of physical education teachers.
The effective promotion and organisation of school sport should reflect the needs of students and ensure that all students have the opportunity to:
participate to the highest level of their interest and ability
experience enjoyment and achievement
become competent and enthusiastic participants
practise fair play (in the widest interpretation of the term) in all situations
experience and manage competition.
Four underlying and interdependent concepts are at the heart of this learning area:
Hauora– a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, and taha whānau, each one influencing and supporting the others.
Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.
The socio-ecological perspective – a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.