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Personal Development, Health and Physical Education



Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It 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, and improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts. It promotes the value of physical activity in their lives.


Stage 4

PDHPE is a compulsory subject studied in Year 7 and 8. It comprises of both Physical Education and Personal Development and Health units of work.


Students are provided with a variety of practical experiences in Stage 4. These include: Gymnastics; athletics; basketball; touch football; netball; cricket; soccer; volleyball; AFL; and circus skills. In both Year 7 and 8, students utilise their practical skills learnt by participating in a fun and friendly Games Day with other schools in the zone and also participate in a week of swim school.

The Year 7 theory units of work include:

Adolescence and Change: physical, social and emotional changes and changing relationships

Get Active Get Healthy: importance of physical activity and components of health

Risky Business: positive and negative risk-taking, decisions making in relation to drugs, road safety and relationships

Summer Fun: safety in sport, water activities and first aid 

The Year 8 theory units of work include:

Health Matters: components of health, communicable diseases, health literacy and health decision-making

Drugs, Reality and Risk: drug classification, consequences of drug use and decision-making

Belonging: family and peer group relationships, rights and responsibilities in relationships and communication in relationships

Body in Motion: movement skill and development, elements of composition and performance. 


Stage 5

PDHPE is a compulsory subject studied in Year 9 and 10. It comprises of both Physical Education and Personal Development and Health units of work.


Students are provided with a variety of practical experiences in Stage 5, these include: Gymnastics; athletics; badminton; soft cross; European handball; volleyball; Oz tag; soccer;  slide hockey and social dance.

The Year 9 theory units of work include:

Drug Use: effect of drugs on the body, risks and drugs, drugs and decision-making and media influence

Dealing with Mental Health: types of mental illnesses and dealing with mental illnesses

Sexual Health: contraception, sexually transmitted infections, safe sexual practices and power in relationships

Celebrating Diversity: discrimination, inter-cultural understanding and global citizenship

The Year 10 theory units of work include:

Relationships: power in relationships, communication in relationships, gender expectations and intimate relationships

Planning for Safety: positive and negative risk-taking and managing risk in social settings

Driver Education: safe driving, minmising distractions and the effect of drugs and alcohol on driving

Consumer health: health literacy, health knowledge, assessing health information and the internet


Stage 6

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE – ATAR/Board Developed course)

PDHPE is an integrated area of study that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It 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.The Preliminary course examines a range of areas that underpin an individual's health and physical activity. Students learn about how people think about health and physical activity, the management of personal health and how the body moves. In the HSC course, major issues relating to Australia's health status are explored. Factors affecting physical performance in sport are addressed. Optional study is undertaken from a range of topics is also undertaken.

Community and Family Studies (CAFS – ATAR/Board Developed course)

Community and Family Studies utilises an ecological framework to investigate the interactions among the individual, family, community and society. The Preliminary course focuses on the individual and their interactions with personal groups, family and community. The HSC course builds upon this by examining how the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities is affected by broader societal influences including sociocultural, economic and political factors. Research is an integral component of this subject. Students are required to develop and utilise research skills in planning, collecting, recording, interpreting, analysing and presenting as they employ various research methodologies to complete an Independent Research Project (IRP).

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation  (SLR –NON – ATAR/Content Endorsed course)

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation enables Stage 6 students to build upon their learning in Years K–10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Specifically, it focuses on those aspects of the learning area that relate most closely to participation in sport and physical activity. The course features a highly practical focus: physical activity being both an area of study and a medium for learning. All students are given significant opportunities to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations that are socially and culturally relevant and gender inclusive.

Overall  Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation will support students in developing a commitment to, and capacity for, lifelong learning in this area