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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practise ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. It also involves students learning through movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, promoting the value of physical activity in their lives.

Students explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future, including mental health, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, supportive relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination.

Young people who have a feeling of connectedness with parents, family and school have lower levels of smoking, drinking, other drug use, suicidal thinking, risky sexual behaviour and exposure to violence. The PDHPE curriculum plays an important role in enhancing resilience and connectedness. It is designed to be affirming and inclusive of those young people who experience a range of challenges in managing their own health. 

Through learning in PDHPE, students have opportunities to develop personal coping strategies for everyday life. Learning in PDHPE encourages young people to take a positive approach to managing their lives and equips them with skills for current and future challenges.

Year 7 and 8

Students will learn to :

  • enhance their sense of self, improve their capacity to manage challenging circumstances and develop caring and respectful relationships
  • move with confidence and competence, and contribute to the satisfying and skilled performance of others
  • take actions to protect, promote and restore individual and community health
  • participate in and promote enjoyable lifelong physical activity
  • develop and apply the skills that enable them to adopt and promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Year 9 and 10

Practical experiences offered in PDHPE across the year have included fitness testing and training, cross country, athletics, dance and a variety of both indoor and outdoor team sports. Students have been offered the opportunity to reflect and act on the acquisition of skills through instruction, practice sessions and games based approaches. Theory areas of the course have revolved around the parameters of health and the investigation of the impact of these components on an individual's health status.

Year 7 and 10 Sport

The talent enrichment program (TEP) reflects the school's ongoing focus on implementing opportunities for gifted and talented students in all areas of endeavour to further develop their abilities.

The program was again a popular choice for many students who took the opportunity to avail themselves of a range of sport activities in order to further develop their skills in a variety of individual, team and recreation sports. This program is based on an integrated model which enables the movement of students through the various stages of skill acquisition and Year 7 students were able to demonstrate their skills at a Gala Day held during the year. 

Year 11 and 12

Stage 6 - Community and family studies

Community and family studies is designed to develop in each student an understanding of the diverse nature and interdependence of families and communities, within Australian society. The course enables students to plan and manage resources effectively in order to address contemporary issues facing families and communities. 

Stage 6 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The preliminary course examines a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. This includes how people think about health and physical activity, the management of personal health and the basis for how the body moves. Students have the opportunity to select from a range of practical options in areas such as first aid, outdoor recreation, composing and performing and fitness choices.

In the HSC course students focus on major issues related to Australia's health status. They also look at factors that affect physical performance. They undertake optional study from a range of choices. This includes investigation of the health of young people or of groups experiencing health inequities. In other options students focus on improved performance and safe participation by learning about advanced approaches to training or sports medicine concepts. There is also an opportunity to think critically about the factors that impact on sport and physical activity in Australian society.

Stage 6 – Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation makes a positive contribution to the total wellbeing of students. They develop knowledge and understanding of the value of activity, increased levels of movement skill, competence in a wide variety of sport and recreation contexts and skills in planning to be active. These and other aspects of the course enable students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle.

Students also develop a preparedness to contribute to the establishment of a health-promoting community that is supportive of its members adopting a healthy lifestyle. The strength of the community in this regard is enhanced by its members having the necessary skills and desire to adopt a range of officiating and support roles introduced in this course.