Physical Education Department
Vision and Goals of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum
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Healthy Active Living Education
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.
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 Annual Danielle Caterina Baseball Game
Danielle Caterina was a passionate young woman who loved the game of baseball. She happily brought her fiery spirit and overzealous cheers to every single game.
Danielle suffered from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. However, this never stopped her from playing the game. When she received her double lung transplant in 2006, one of the first things she was excited for was being able to run around the bases without any difficulty breathing.
Danielle was passionate about art, dancing, fashion, baseball, her friends & family, and animals. She loved school, especially Holy Trinity, and was a social butterfly who made friends with everyone from all walks of life.
When Danielle passed away in 2008, her family, friends and Holy Trinity teachers all helped to organize the first annual Danielle Caterina Memorial Baseball Game. Everyone has been so touched to see the game continue on 10+ years later.