Physical Education

The aim of our Physical Education Department is to provide a program of studies that integrates the four outcomes of our provincial curriculum. We teach about skill, interpersonal relationships, a lifelong commitment to and health benefits derived from physical activity. These outcomes are taught through activities in both school and alternate site environments.

Our teachers work with our students to achieve responsible citizenship, teamwork along with individual achievement and competency. There are a variety of new activities and sports introduced at the physical education 20 – 30 levels.

Alberta Education requires all students to take Physical Education 10. Physical Education 20 and 30 are optional courses whose curriculum stresses lifetime activities. Areas of study include individual sports and lifetime outdoor activities. A student can also specialize into to our Sports Performance 15, 25 and 35 as well as Sports Medicine 15, 25 and 35. 

Please review the content on this page to look at specific program content.

Ken Rose  Curriculum Leader Physical Education 


Physical Education supports you in acquiring skills through a variety of developmentally appropriate movement activities. You will gain experience within various physical activities assisting you in further understanding health and wellness benefits, promoting positive interactions and leading an active lifestyle.

Physical Education 10 - 5 credits

Required for High School graduation
Students will participate in a variety of team activities and sports where the emphasis is on physical fitness, basic sport skills, strategies, rules, knowledge and understanding of techniques. There are a number of compulsory units, however students will be able to choose between a variety of sports and activities for the rest of their class curriculum. The course stresses cooperation, sportsmanship, self-discipline and active participation.

Physical Education 20 - 5 credits (A one term 3-credit course is available)

Prerequisite: approved pass from Physical Education 10
Students will participate in individual lifetime oriented activities. Due to the off-campus nature of the course, classes will require travel time outside of the regular timetable. Activities include: badminton, bowling, broomball, curling, dance, tennis, golf, racquetball, and kayaking. A snow shoe unit culminates in a one day trip to Kananaskis. The 5 credit course has a service component of 4 hours. (The 3 credit course requires 2 service hours).
Successful completion of either the 3 or 5 credit course allows enrollment in P.E. 30.

Physical Education 30 - 5 credits

Prerequisite: Physical Education 20 (3 or 5 credit courses)
This course emphasizes individual off-campus activities and leadership skills. A leadership project involving volunteering in the community provides a valuable opportunity for individual growth. Course activities include: dance, rock climbing, curling, badminton, low organizational games, flat water and moving water kayaking, squash, tennis, and golf. The highlight of the course is an outdoor unit culminating in a three day camping trip.

Physical Education 30 / Leadership - 10 credits

Prerequisite: Physical Education 20 and teacher recommendation
The Physical Education Department at Sir Winston Churchill High School offers a course that combines Physical Education 30 and Leadership. The two aspects of this course are intertwined and will span the entire school year. It is scheduled in the same period throughout both semesters. Through their work in this course students will obtain 5 credits for Physical Education 30, as well as 5 CTS credits for Leadership. Space in this course is limited.

Physical Education Component - This aspect of class will reflect the already established Physical Education 30 course that is offered each semester. The primary difference being that it will be spread out over the entire year.

Leadership Component - Students will be involved in running, creating, organizing, and helping out at school events. Classroom learning around the topics of mentorship, leadership, goal setting, motivation, and public speaking. Mentorship in conjunction with our International Student population. A second overnight trip in addition to the camping trip that is already offered in the Physical Education 30 course with a focus on team building.

The Physical Education 30 course may be used for university entrance in some situations.

Some of the activities in the Physical Education program have a limited element of risk to them. The department would like to assure parents and students that all activities will be taught with well-conceived progressions in very safe environments.

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