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Ophea and OASPHE Reaction Statement to Repealed “sex-ed” Curriculum

Thursday, July 12, 2018
On July 11, 2018 Ontario’s Premier and Minister of Education announced that the sexual health education “sex-ed” component of the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum would revert back to the 1998 version until additional parent consultations have been conducted. Ophea and OASPHE (...

Q&A: Increasing Student & Teacher Understanding of Sexual Violence & Harassment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Over the last couple years, Ophea supported a school-based approach to increasing student and teacher understanding of sexual violence and harassment. The initiative, Campaign Messengers: Taking a Stand!, reached 166 schools, close to 6,000 educators, and over 92,000 students. Though the...

Let’s Get Moving!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Movement is...Joy, Belonging and Learning.
Today (March 28) Ophea launched the Movement is... campaign, to help promote the importance of getting kids physically active every day. Research shows that movement can help students in lots of ways. Our Movement is...campaign shines light on how movement is...“joy, learning, and belonging.” By...

New Ophea Report: Parental Attitudes Towards Health in Ontario Schools

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Ophea Parent Poll
Today Ophea released the results from a survey completed in fall 2017 by Environics Research Group. Ophea surveyed parents of Ontario school-aged children to better understand their perspectives on pressing health issues, Health and Physical Education (H&PE), healthy schools, physical activity...

Sir James Dunn Public School Takes a Stand Against Sexual Violence

Thursday, March 2, 2017
With the help of Draw-the-Line, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, and White Ribbon Canada, Ophea’s Campaign Messengers: Taking a Stand! Is an initiative that supports engaging children and youth in conversations focusing on healthy relationships, consent, respect and equality.  Educators and...

#OpheaChat Supporting Students’ Positive Mental Health

Friday, February 24, 2017
Ophea’s February 22nd Twitter Chat on How H&PE Supports Students’ Mental Health was a great success! Thank you to all #OpheaChat participants, and to our moderator Heather Gardner (@CatchingHeather). Many great discussions took pace and a lot of ideas and implementation tips were shared...

Sexual Violence Prevention in Schools

Friday, May 20, 2016
Taking a Stand: Working together to prevent sexual violence and harassment in schools Guest Written by: Clara Vaz, White Ribbon Campaign What we see and learn as children stays with us as adults. Sexism, gender inequality, homophobia, violence against girls and women are all tied to how we are...

Creating an Asthma Friendly School

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
enfants sautant
Did you know that asthma affects approximately 1 in 5 children in Ontario and is the leading cause of hospital admissions, emergency room visits and school absenteeism for children?[1] It’s important to create an asthma friendly school to support students with asthma participate fully in school...

Ophea wants our kids to grow up healthy & happy

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Students in school hallway
Sexual health education has been part of the Ontario school curriculum for decades.  The Health and Physical Education curriculum, of which approximately 10 per cent addresses sexual health, is no different. This document builds upon previous versions of this curriculum with information that...

It’s Time to Move Forward.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
It’s time. The 2015 Health & Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum has been released By: Chris Markham, Executive Director and CEO of Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) Education and health in Ontario have reached a new milestone. For five years, Ontario’s students...

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