The PAL programme is an adaptable programme which should be designed to suit the needs of the students and their school community.  Being a PAL gives the students within the school a sense of pride and satisfaction and a chance to develop as a role model.

Some noticed benefits of running the PAL programme include:

  • Students developing personal leadership skills.
  • Students have an opportunity to accept more responsibility, appreciation, and respect from teachers and students.
  • Students gain a sense of satisfaction for helping the enjoyment of others while working towards a happier, healthier, more physically active life!
  • Provides a great teaching and learning opportunity in leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Examples of PALs in action within schools:

  • PALs running lunchtime games and activities.
  • PALs responsible for and involved in the planning of school community sports and recreation events.
  • PALs taking class 'brain break' session with the juniors.
  • PALs running activity events to promote what they do.
  • PALs responsible for “Caught Being Active” and “Fair Play” Awards.
  • PALs setting up weekly crazes such as skipping, elastics, and wheel days.
  • PALs setting up teacher versus student challenges.
  • PALs buddying up with junior students.

The opportunities are limitless! Get in touch with your regions contact below for more information, and to talk about how PALs can be best designed to suit your school.

Meet the Team

Tessa Bekkers

Healthy Active Learning Lead

Ph: 027 557 6119


Katie Moodie

Healthy Active Learning Advisor Dunedin

Ph: 027 336 2784


Ginny Ridgen

Healthy Active Learning Advisor Clutha

Ph: 027 2982145


Ellen McAtamney

Healthy Active Learning Advisor Waitaki

Ph: 027 321 1801