Wilkinson’s Health and Physical Education Program won a National Award!
Thank you Mr. Kasaval for your hard work, enthusiasm and dedication. You run an outstanding Health and Physical Education program!
The following Press Release Was Issued by the TDSB:
Wilkinson Public School receives National Award for Quality Physical Education
June 12th 2017, Toronto District School Board –Wilkinson Public School has won a National Award in recognition for their Quality Physical Education program. Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) has acknowledged that Wilkinson Public School, its teachers, and students are excellent role models for all other Canadian schools, by awarding them with the National Recognition Award.
Wilkinson is a leader in providing quality physical education of all children in Canada. Research from leading national and international health and physical education associations and experts confirms that our children need a quality physical education program in order to enjoy healthy, active and productive lives. UNESCO goes as far as saying that quality physical education is a basic right of every child.
Quality physical education provides children with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits they need in order to be physically active and to enjoy healthy, active, and productive lives now and in the future.
Over the last few decades, there has been a significant decline in the quality and quantity of school physical education being offered to children and youth. Most schools in Canada are not providing the recommended national standard of 150 minutes per week of physical education, or even the minimum requirements as set out by their own provincial curricula.
This school year, 500 schools qualified for an award out of over 15,000 schools across Canada. PHE Canada congratulates Wilkinson for its leadership in providing Quality Physical Education programs to its students.
Quality Physical Education (QPE) is a well-planned physical education program that offers a variety of learning opportunities and is taught by qualified and enthusiastic teachers on a regular basis throughout the school year. A QPE program includes curricular instruction for a minimum of 30 minutes at least three out of five days per week, as well as interscholastic school sport programs, school wide events, and intramural activities where all students have the opportunity to participate.
Schools are assessed against a standardized criteria, which includes the amount of daily physical education; lesson plans and assessment strategies; professional development opportunities; and fun, fair, cooperative programming, among others. Based on their application, schools are awarded a star level, ranging from one star to the highest four
PHE Canada advocates for and advances quality physical education and quality health education programs offered in Health Promoting Schools to enable students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead physically active and healthy lives, now and in their future. Learn more at www.phecanada.ca