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Health Education & Physical Education (HEPE)

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Physical Education (PE) plays an important role in the physical growth and development of students. Through PE, students acquire the knowledge, skills, right attitudes and values towards the pursuit of a lifelong, physically active and healthy lifestyle. It also provides an avenue for students to express themselves through movement and physical activities.

PE provides a natural platform and valuable opportunities to develop self-management skills, social and co-operative skills, and build character. It serves to complement other educational areas in promoting the desired outcomes of education. In particular, PE helps to cultivate healthy habits, teamwork, resilience and resolve.

Physical activity is the cornerstone of the KCS PE programme. The PE programme in KCS is enjoyable and provides opportunities for students to develop a positive association with physical activity. Through PE, students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities such as sports and games and acquire the concepts and skills that will enable them to participate in these sports and games for leisure and competitively.

It is the Department’s vision that each student would be physically educated by the end of P6. To be a physically educated student, each child should:

• Understand the importance and benefits of physical activity

• Enjoy and actively participate in a variety of physical activities

• Demonstrate positive personal/social character traits such as fair play, teamwork and sportsmanship in a variety of physical activities

• Develop and maintain both health-related fitness: cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition; and performance-related fitness: agility, co-ordination and balance

• Play safely with respect to self and others.

MOE has introduced a new PE syllabus with effect from 2014.  The lower primary level (P1-P3) focuses on mastery of fundamental motor skills such as locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills with application of movement concepts to develop efficiency, effectiveness and versatility in students’ performance. The upper primary level extends on the mastery of discrete skills to focus on more complex combinations and sequences of movements, and skills application in more recognisable forms of activity and games.

There are seven learning areas that facilitate the organisation of learning experiences under the new syllabus. They include:
  • Athletics (from P3)
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Games & Sports 
  • Outdoor Education
  • Swimming (P3 only)
  • Physical Health & Fitness

For each learning area, there are specific PE goals to be met.

PE Goals Description
Goal 1 Acquire a range of motor skills to participate in a variety of physical activities 
 Goal 2 Understand and apply movement concepts, principles and strategies in a range of physical activities 
 Goal 3 Demonstrate safe practices during physical and daily activities with respect to themselves, others and the environment  
 Goal 4 Display positive personal and social behaviour across different experiences 
 Goal 5 Acquire and maintain health-enhancing fitness through regular participation in physical activities  
 Goal 6 Enjoy and value the benefits of living a physically active and healthy life.  

With effect from 2016, Health Education (Physical Health) programmes are subsumed under the HEPE Department. The programmes include:

Dental Health

Students from Primary 1 and 2 are given lessons on how to brush their teeth by the school dental nurse. Primary 3 to 6 students receive two check-ups with the dental nurse within the year. There are also talks from the School Dental Nurse for the students to further educate them on ways to keep their teeth healthy and clean.

School Health Screening

School Health Screening takes place once every year where students receive check-ups on their eyesight, back and necessary injections.

Health Fair

Health Fair is held annually in August to raise awareness among students on health topics not covered in the Physical Health and Fitness. These include 'Care for our Kidneys', "Why drink milk?" and other domains of health.


The eye care week on myopia takes place in Term 2 Weeks 1 & 2. An exhibition on eye care is held at the HE corner for students to understand and create awareness about proper eye care. An assembly talk is also held in conjunction with eye care week.


Preventive Drug Education empowers our upper primary students with the knowledge of commonly abused drugs and prevents them from falling prey to drug abuse. This programme takes place in term 3 when the Anti-drug bus visits the school.

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