Health Education​​​​​​​

Health Education Delivery Statement

Cashmere High School - Te Iringa o Kahukura has the school vision of “developing both the intellect and the character of our students.” The school values guide everything that we do, and these are citizenship, opportunity, vibrancy and excellence. 

We offer Health Education, which gives every student opportunities to develop the values and key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum. This is guided by the Physical Education and Health Faculty Philosophy in which “the aim is to provide an education programme that will enable students to be self-assured, well-balanced citizens who can flourish and contribute to a changing and challenging world.” 

We are growing people under these four principles:


Prepared for the
​​​​​​​Real World


​​​​​​​Foster ways to


Students will...

Develop critical thinking, literacy and oracy skills, engage in real world problem solving, participate in a range of experiences, apply a
​​​​​​​socio-ecological perspective and whakaaro.

Nurture leadership and follow-ship skills, tuakana-teina relationship
​​​​​​​and foster socially responsible citizens. Interact with others while embracing values of mana, talanoa and rangatiratanga.

Understanding of Te Whare Tapa Whā
(taha tinana - physical, taha hinengaro - mental/emotional,
​​​​​​​taha whānau - social and taha wairua - spiritual wellbeing).

Explore and strengthen their personal identity by fostering empathy,
effort, resilience, integrity and maintaining a growth mindset. 

At Cashmere High School, Health Education is taught through a skills-based approach and meets the key competencies in the NZ curriculum. We explore the following skills of: strengthening personal identity; emotional intelligence; leadership; resilience; problem solving; decision making; assertiveness; and critical thinking. We seek to ensure students are given the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop themselves, their relationships with others and contribute to society. 

Health Education here at Te iringa o Kahukura is taught by qualified teachers who are trained through Health Education specific courses to identify learning needs and design a learning programme in this subject. This subject is compulsory from Year 9-10, with an NCEA programme from Year 11-13. We also provide a compulsory one term unit of Health Studies to Year 12 students.