Physical Education Department

Vision and Goals of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The revised health and physical education curriculum is based on the vision that the knowledge and skills students acquire in the program will benefit them throughout their lives and enable them to thrive in an ever-changing world by helping them develop physical and health literacy as well as the comprehension, capacity, and commitment they will need to lead healthy, active lives and promote healthy, active living. (page 6)


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Healthy Active Living Education

Those who enjoy athletics, teamwork and active participation will enjoy our wide selection of sports-based Physical Education courses. With one of these courses offered in every grade, there are consistent opportunities for students to stay active while also building their social and leadership skills. Students will participate in a variety of sports that are common to the North American landscape, such as soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, touch football and baseball. Additionally, students will be exposed to other sports such as badminton, ultimate Frisbee, tchoukball and pickleball. Finally, students in grades 9 and 10 in these courses will gain some exposure to exercising safely in the school fitness room. These courses tend to be a mix of casual and competitive, which allows students of varying sport backgrounds a chance to explore their talents, have fun and feel comfortable.

Personal Fitness

Fitness courses are some of the most popular ones at Holy Trinity. Available for students in grades 11 and 12, these courses allow students to greatly improve their fitness levels. Whether training for competitive sport or simply seeking to be fit for life, students have the opportunity to complete exercise sessions on a daily basis and make major improvements in their fitness levels. Students learn a wide variety of training forms in this course and work towards being able to design and implement their own training programs. Most of this course is completed in the school fitness room, but classes also complete fitness-based activities on the school track and in the gymnasium. Many graduates have opined that this course started them on a path to having life-long exercise habits.

Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership

Since 2009, Holy Trinity students in Grade 12 have had the opportunity to develop leadership skills in a unique way through participation in the Team Trinity course. In this program, those in Grade 12 work with special-needs students to develop physical, social and cognitive skills via sports and other exercise activities.

Everyone is a winner in Team Trinity. Those with special needs get a Physical Education course that moves at their pace and contains activities that are appropriate for their skill level. They also get 1-on-1 assistance when working through the activities. Those in Grade 12 learn how to plan and instruct lessons for a large group. They also learn how to work with special-needs students in a variety of locations and situations.

This course is unlike any other, as it has produced long-lasting friendships while also helping students to develop important soft skills and explore a variety of career possibilities. Running in both semesters, Team Trinity is available to roughly 40 Grade 12 students each year.

HT Yoga Course 

The yoga course was created in 2015 and has continued to grow in popularity and has been such a positive addition to the school community. This course will teach students about the value of healthy active living with a holistic approach (physical, emotional, and spiritual). It will present students with opportunities to participate in personal fitness and wellness activities that have the potential to engage students’ interest throughout their lives.  The intent of this course is to provide students with powerful, practical tools to meet everyday challenges in their lives and to mindfully respond to them. 

Outdoor Education

The first Outdoor Education trip was in 2013 and the first course offering was in 2015. Outdoor Education is available to grade 11 students or higher as a course within the Physical Education Department. Outdoor Education is about exposing students to outdoor activities and studying our relationship with nature.

In the grade 11 course, students participate in many outdoor, recreational activities, such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and navigation. As well, students learn about wilderness first aid, crisis response, nutrition and meal preparation, equipment selection, care and use, and general outdoor and camping skills. At all times, we maintain respect for the environment and follow Leave No Trace principles.

In the grade 12 course, students continue to build on the skills they learned in grade 11, with more of an emphasis on leadership, planning, and instructional skills.

At the culmination of the course, students participate in a multi-day trip in a wilderness setting to put all of the skills they have learned into action. As well, students learn to work in groups and build leadership skills.

The course runs in second semester. The grade 11 course has no prerequisites, but must be taken before the grade 12 course. A course fee is required to cover the costs of the activities and materials required during the course.


The Kinesiology class at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School offers students an opportunity to explore various aspects of health and wellness.  We typically begin the course by studying human anatomy and physiology.  This proves to be a challenging, yet rewarding experience.  Many former students return the following Christmas to explain how they were far better off in their anatomy courses in first year university in comparison to their fellow classmates who hadn’t taken Kin in high school. 

We also study topics covering the basics of growth and development, motor learning and biomechanics, and nutrition and training techniques.  The course is a good fit for any students with an interest in learning more about how our bodies work, but especially those looking to study in the field of health and wellness post-secondary.  

One highlight of the program is our partnership with the Kinesiology Labs at UOIT, which we visit once during the course.  This allows the students to get a hands on experience with some of the grad students at the university in the field of Kinesiology.  It is a great chance to explore and see what a lab setting is like and they get to hear stories from students who were in their shoes not all that long ago.

Health and Wellness SHSM

The SHSM–Health and Wellness enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on health care, fitness, or child care and family services. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Special Events


This year we co-hosted with Courtice SS, the first annual Titans and Cougars Senior Boys Basketball Invitation. There were 12 teams in the tournament. It went well, with our Titans winning the Championship Game. We can’t wait to host it again. Our goal is to make it a 16-team tournament and make it one of the top tournaments in Durham Region.  

The Annual Dodgeball Tournament

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”

At Holy Trinity, we don’t endorse the dodging of wrenches! But one day each spring, our school comes together to dodge a ball. The annual Dodgeball Tournament is one of the most anticipated events on the school calendar, as students assemble teams of their friends and design their own team name and costume. We have seen anything and everything over the years, as our most athletic and creative students, show their school spirit and dodgeball prowess. Although the competition on the court is sometimes heated, the event is primarily a social one that also raises money for a local charity each year.

Athletic Banquet

For nearly two decades, Holy Trinity has been home to one of the most extravagant Athletic Awards Banquets in Ontario. Hundreds of the school’s deep group of outstanding athletes take time out of their busy schedules to attend the annual June event, where they dine together before watching awards presentations for every school team. And the evening is capped off by the memorable moments when the Athlete of the Year awards are presented. For the many HT students who give their time and energy to represent the school’s sports program, the Athletic Awards Banquet is the perfect way to come together and wrap up another banner year.