Providing a strong platform for students to progress from one stage to the next, supported by learning resources.

Health and Physical Education Unit

What we do

The department is responsible for designing and developing the curriculum for secondary school education.

Promoting the healthy development of all students, as well as enabling them to reach their full potential, is a priority for educators across Sri Lanka. Students’ health and well-being contribute to their ability to learn in all disciplines, including Health and Physical Education, and that learning, in turn, contributes to their overall achievement levels. Well-organised educational experiences prioritize social-emotional learning, and physical and mental health, which lead to academic success. The Health and Physical Education curriculum engages students in learning the factors that contribute to health and well-being and develops skills required to live healthy, active lives.

The Health and Physical Education curriculum is based on the vision that the knowledge and skills students acquire in the programme will benefit them throughout their lives to enable them to thrive in an ever-changing world by developing their mental health and well-being, physical and health literacy, and the capacity and commitment they will require to lead a healthy and active life.

The expectations of Health and Physical Education are streamlined into four distinct but related categories namely socio-emotional learning skills, active living, movement competence, Healthy Living which would lead toward building a healthy nation.


  • Provide a common framework that encompasses Health and Physical Education curriculum expectations for all grades
  • Develop high-quality assessment methods and evaluation tools
  • Prepare Teacher Guides, Student Modules and supplementary reading materials for teachers and students.
  • Provide a basis for consistent and meaningful feedback to students about local context and performance standards.
  • Educate Health and Physical Education officers about the Health and Physical Education curriculum.
  • Provide an understanding to in-service advisors and teachers of Health and Physical Education about the teaching-learning process
  • Conduct research related to Health and Physical Education to enhance the quality of education.


  • Support the implementation of a comprehensive School Health Promotion programme within the school environment, which helps to build a child who would grow to be a happy, content, healthy, respectful and competent adult.
  • Ensure that children are capable of promoting their health as well as the health of their family and community.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle concerning all aspects of life such as meals provided in canteens, maintenance and usage of sanitary facilities
  • Develop skills to comprehend advertisements and commercialized activities and identify the misuse of advertising.
  • Promote to the best of their ability, a range of social-emotional learning skills to acquire knowledge and skills regarding active living, movement competence, and healthy living standards.
  • Motivate students to engage actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities and develop an understanding of how physical activity can be incorporated into their daily lifestyle.
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of being physically active and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for their safety.
  • Perform movement skills, develop an understanding of the basic requirements of the skills and apply movement concepts appropriately while engaging in a variety of physical activities.
  • Develop an understanding of factors that contribute to physical and mental fitness and reduce non-communicable diseases.
  • Develop the ability to apply Health and Physical Education knowledge and socio-emotional learning skills to make rational decisions and take appropriate actions relating to personal health and well-being.
  • Train coaches to develop practical skills related to physical education among school children.

Academic Staff

No Staff Members .

Non Academic Staff

Mrs. D.K.J.P. Dasanayaka

Management Assistant - I

Unit Head’s Message

Helps cultivate in a child a deep appreciation for the beauty that surrounds them. It helps build a sense of proportion, harmony and beauty with the surroundings as well as higher-order emotions. Plato regarded education as an indispensable part of education in a free man. education is expressed in terms of visual representations, movements, sounds, verbal expression, etc assists in the development of the child’s sensitivity and the child’s personality development. Modern pedagogy empirically proves that each child should have the opportunity to develop their ability to observe, experience, evaluate and create that which is beautiful. This can only be achieved if we offer children a healthy living environment and an active artistic education. It is towards this goal that we strive to teach our future citizens to appreciate and contribute to the rich diversity of nature, culture and heritage of this country.

Mr. D.N. Kodithuwakku

Unit Head

Health and Physical Education Unit