Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) provides students with the opportunity to explore issues that impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others. PDHPE is a Key Learning Area that contributes to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It that also allows opportunity for students to explore and enhance movement in a variety of contexts.
Years 7-10 PDHPE
PDHPE is a mandatory course of study in Years 7-10. Students will be assessed on their achievement of outcomes in each of the four Strands, or Areas of Assessment, and will receive a grade for PDHPE on their report each semester. Satisfactory completion of all mandatory course outcomes must be achieved prior to progression to Stage 6.
The four Strands are Self and Relationships, Movement Skill and Performance, Individual and Community Health and Lifelong Physical Activity. A variety of issues that are explored include nutrition, mental health, physical activity, drug use, sexual health, relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination. Each year students participate in a variety of sports and physical pursuits including aquatics, dance, gymnastics, fitness, team building, athletics, tennis, and a variety of team sports.
The course emphasises the importance of good health for young people and aims to empower students to adopt an active lifestyle, maximize their movement potential and advocate lifelong health and physical activity.
Year 9-10 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
This course is open to all students who are interested in sport and physical activity, the health industry and adopting an active and healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, the course will provide useful background knowledge for students intending to study PDHPE or Sport Lifestyle and Recreation in senior years.
Physical activity and sports studies provides for a comprehensive study of physical activity and movement. The year 9 course is structured into four units including Body Systems and Energy in Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Coaching and Lifestyle, Leisure and Recreation.. In year 10 the units of study include, Nutrition in Physical Activity, Enhancing Performance, Australian Sporting Identity, and Technology, Participation and Performance. These units are predominantly theoretical however allow for practical applications such as fitness circuits and testing, Level 0 coaching certificates, hydration experiments and the use of technology such as Apps to analyse, support and improve sporting performance.
Year 11-12 PDHPE
PDHPE is a 2 unit course that can be a part of a student’s ATAR rank. PDHPE at a senior level aims to develop in each student a capacity to think critically about the key issues related to Australia’s health and physical activity in order to make informed decisions that support and promote healthy, active lifestyles and communities. The course is split into a Preliminary and HSC course. Preliminary course topics include: Better Health for Individuals, The Body in Motion, Outdoor Recreation and First Aid. To complement the Outdoor recreation topic, students participate in an overnight camp. To support the work done in First Aid , students obtain their Senior 1st Aid Certificate.
HSC Course topics currently studied are Health Priorities in Australia, Factors Affecting Performance, Sport and Physical Activity in Australian Society and Sports Medicine. Whilst this course primarily has a theoretical base, students participate in practical experiences where possible, with the aim of supporting their understanding of work in the classroom.
Year 11-12 Community and Family Studies
Community and Family Studies is a 2 unit course that can be part of a student’s ATAR rank. The way in which individuals relate to others is a key factor determining their capacity to lead responsible and productive lives both now and in the future. Community and Family Studies provides opportunities for students to explore and form positive attitudes about themselves and others; to develop an understanding of their relationships within their families and other groups; to learn to work cooperatively and to appreciate the importance of effective communication. Community and Family Studies utilises an ecological framework to investigate the interactions among the individual, family, community and society. In this course we focus on specific elements that enhance the wellbeing of people in our society.
The course is split into a Preliminary and HSC course. Preliminary course topics include: Resource Management, Individuals and Groups, Families and Communities. HSC Course topics currently studied are Research Methodology, Groups in Context, Parenting and Caring, Individuals and Work. Features of this course include an Independent Research project.
Year 11 and 12 Exploring Early Childhood
In Year 11 and 12, students have the opportunity of studying the 1 unit, or 2 unit non ATAR, Board of Studies endorsed course Exploring Early Childhood. In this course students focus on 3 core areas of study. These include pregnancy and childbirth, Child growth and development and Promoting Positive Behaviour. Students in the one unit course must study at least one option in order to complete Year 11, whilst student completing the 2 unit course must study at least 7 of the options. Some of these options include Starting School, Children’s Literature, Food and Nutrition and Child Health and safety. This is a great course for those interested in a career as a midwife, in childcare studies or pre-school teaching.
Year 11 Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation
In Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity of studying the 1 or 2 unit, non ATAR, Board of Studies endorsed course Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation. This course enables students to build upon their learning in years 7-10 PDHPE. It is a highly practical course with a variety of optional modules including Games and Sports Applications, Fitness and Coaching. This is a great course for those students who are interested in post school study in the areas of sports science, physical education and human movement.