Queen Victoria Public School was the recipient of the Quality Daily Physical Education Award (QDPE) and was recognized with a letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister and the President of PHE Canada for their commitment to offering exceptional physical education to their students.

This award is a recognition of the schools’ achievement of providing a quality/comprehensive Physical Education program that provides a foundation for the development of physical literacy; enabling students to live physically active and healthy lives. Out of approximately 15,000 schools in Canada, close to 500 schools receive this award each year, truly making QVPS one of Canada’s leaders in physical education.

In particular, Ms. Hein, the Physical Education teacher at QVPS, has worked to incorporate a daily physical education program that allows students to enjoy a variety of activities while developing problem-solving and goal-setting habits that extend beyond the classroom environment. If students are sitting for a long time or are losing focus, she enthusiastically gets them involved in an active brain break. Whether it’s creative stretching using the backs of their chairs, jumping jacks, or a goNoodle video, you will always catch Ms. Hein avidly participating along with the students. Students also learn the importance of drinking water, being active, resting and active heart rates, and how blood is pumped throughout the body. Major events such as the Olympics, Pan-Ams, and other sporting events are highlighted in the curriculum. Ms. Hein shares short motivational videos about inspirational athletes who demonstrate persistence, always tying in the hard work and success to an element of Feed All Four. 

Grant money also made it possible for students to enjoy archery, rock climbing, swimming, tobogganing, skating, paddle boating, and much more, throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The habits students build, along with goal-setting for each individual child, sets the stage for continued activity beyond the scheduled physical activity time. Congratulations to QVPS and special thanks to Ms. Hein for making this possible.