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Ku-ring-gai High School

Ku-ring-gai High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

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

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 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
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.






Year 7-10 mandatory PDHPE (Stage 4 & 5)


Students during Stage 4 and 5 PDHPE will be provided with opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that enable them to advocate for their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity.

They will be encouraged to develop and enhance skills needed to live a healthy, safe and active life. Focus on the interrelationship between health and physical activity concepts are vital to address contemporary health and physical activity concepts important to young people.

Learning and assessment will include a critical inquiry approach towards the development of health literacy. The aim is to improve and grow the students’ confidence and abilities in the three main domains of self-management, interpersonal and movement skills.


Year 9-10 Sports Elective (Stage 5)


"Physical Activity and Sports Studies" promotes learning about movement and provides students with opportunities to develop their movement skills, analyse movement performance and assist the performance of others. The acquisition and successful application of movement skills are closely related to enjoyment of physical activity and the likelihood of sustaining an active lifestyle.

Students will appreciate the traditions and special characteristics associated with various physical activities and also the artistic and aesthetic qualities of skilled performance and determined effort. Syllabus topics include body systems and energy for physical activity, coaching roles and responsibilities as well as nutritional planning for health. Historical and contemporary issues in sport including ethics and Australian sporting identities also form part of the curriculum.




Sport incorporates a wide range of lifelong physical activities, including recreational, leisure and adventure pursuits, competitive and non-competitive games and individual and group physical fitness activities. Sport provides the opportunity for personal growth as well as developing team work and collaboration. The TEP athletics program encourages students to achieve their best and be rewarded for the skills they are able to demonstrate. 



Stage 6 - Year 11 and 12



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. All students will be provided with opportunities to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations that are socially and culturally relevant and gender inclusive. The program provides a balance between offering experience in a range of movement contexts and the opportunity to specialise in a specific sport or recreational activity.




Community and Family Studies develops students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to effective decision-making leading to confidence and competence in solving practical problems in the management of everyday living. Students will investigate the unique contributions of individuals, groups, families and communities in the development of effective social structures. It encourages opportunities for students to become proactive members of society as they examine both their potential to adopt a range of roles and the responsibilities they have in contributing to society.


HSC Subject


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education involves students learning about and practising ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their health status. It is also concerned with social and scientific understandings about movement, which lead to enhanced movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives.

This syllabus focuses on a social view of health where the principles of diversity, social justice and supportive environments are fundamental aspects of health. The examination of individual, family and community values and beliefs and the sociocultural and physical environments in which we live provides an explanation for health status and sustainable solutions for better health.