Paradise Elementary receives national award for quality physical education

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) announced today that Paradise Elementary has won a national award in recognition of the school's quality physical education program.
In a news release, PHE Canada said Paradise Elementary is very deserving of the National Gold Recognition Award.
Under the PHE Canada criteria, there are four award levels for the Quality Physical Education Program:
Diamond: provides all students with Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) for a minimum of 150 minutes per week; Platinum: provides all students with QPE three to four times a week, for a minimum of 150 minutes; Gold: provides all students with QPE three to four times a week, for a minimum of 100 minutes; Secondary-For providing students with compulsory Quality Physical Education courses that are exceptional and enhanced by leadership opportunities and intramural activities.
The release states that a physical education program should provide children with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits that are needed in order to be physically active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Paradise Elementary physical education teachers, Ellis Coles and Alicia Wade, state they are very proud of the accomplishment considering there are over 730 students enrolled at Paradise Elementary.
They note that with the help of the entire staff and administration, students were given more physical education class time.
This year all grade 1-6 students were given four 30-minute periods of physical education over a seven-day cycle and the classroom teachers provided an additional 20 minutes.
Kindergarten students, who attend only half days, were given two 30-minute periods with classroom teachers providing an additional 10 minutes.

Organizations: PHE Canada

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