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The Sunset of Play Beyond The Label

Thursday, March 10, 2022
It’s our pleasure to share the Ophea platform with Andrea Haefele and Laura Seckington, the founders of Play Beyond The Label.  Play Beyond The Label is a movement focused not only on building knowledge and skills, but also on creating a sense of belonging as well as opportunities to experience...

Celebrating 100 Years of Healthy, Active Living!

Friday, April 9, 2021
A hundred years ago—when Ophea was founded—things were eerily similar. An influenza pandemic had just swept through various parts of the globe. Weary populations were struggling to cope with its effects. But as the last wave receded there was a renewed sense of hope. Educational institutions had...

Safe Re-opening of Schools Supports

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Ontario’s students, parents/caregivers, and staff have demonstrated their commitment to learning and resilience ever since the COVID-19 outbreak. The Government of Ontario has now released a Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools for the 2020/2021 year, which includes a greater focus on social and...

Responding, Recovering and Re-imagining

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Why prioritizing well-being is essential to finding the “new normal” in education It’s been more than eight weeks since Ontario schools closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. And while, according to public health experts, the actions we’ve taken as a province are flattening the curve, the...

2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum Released

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
On August 21, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the release of the elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. The Ministry of Education has also released an announcement. Ophea compliments the Ministry of Education on a thoughtful, high quality, evidence informed...

Ophea’s Response to the Government’s Updated H&PE Curriculum Direction

Friday, March 15, 2019
The effective implementation  of H&PE in schools has the  potential to positively impact  over 2 million Ontario  children and youth.
Today the Ministry of Education released its intended direction for revisions to the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. The government has released a news release and background information that provides more details specifically to the H&PE curriculum. Ophea believes that H...

Finding Common Ground on Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Friday, January 11, 2019
As you may be aware a legal challenge was heard by the Ontario Superior Court on January 9/10, 2019 related to the decision to repeal the 2015 elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum and revert back to the curriculum taught in 2014 (which included learning expectations from...

Happy Holidays from Ophea!

Monday, December 17, 2018
Thank you for supporting students across Ontario.  You matter to them and to us and we wish you, your colleagues, and family happy holidays and all the best for an active, healthy, and happy New Year! A friendly reminder, that over the holidays the Ophea office will be closed December 25, 2018 to...

Help us continue to be a provincial voice for quality H&PE

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Help us continue to be a provincial voice for quality H&PE. Donate to Ophea. #HPEVoices
Dear Friend of Ophea, As Ophea’s Executive Director and CEO I am so proud of our long and rich history (we’re coming up to our 100th year anniversary in 2021!) of supporting Ontario-wide school health programs, including the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. The importance of...

Ophea and OASPHE’s Position on Education Reform

Friday, November 23, 2018
The Government of Ontario is currently hosting public consultations on a number of key educational components, including the content of the Health and Physical Education curriculum, approaches to health-related topics in the classroom, parent engagement, and physical activity policy. As part of the...