Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) contribute 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 involves students learning through movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, and promotes the value of physical activity in their lives.
In Year 7, students explore their sense of self; the changes and challenges that they expect to face in life and strategies to deal with them; how to develop healthy eating habits; the changes that occur during adolescence; and the beneﬁts and ways to getting active and healthy. In P.E. students participate in tabloid games, oz-tag, athletics and gymnastics.
Year 8 students develop health literacy by learning how to access health information; identify positive ways to relate to others; learn how to make safe choices in risky situation; demonstrate basic ﬁrst aid procedures; drug education and demonstrate specialised movement skills in sports. In P.E. students participate in cricket, European handball, Aussie Rules Football (AFL) and hockey.
Year 9 students learn about mental health and strategies to overcome adversities in life; learn about healthy lifestyle choices and to develop healthy food habits; students explore the effects of alcohol and illicit drug use; and develop strategies to lead a lifelong active lifestyle. In P.E. students participate in softball, futsal, basketball and a contemporary sports unit.
Year 10 students develop skills to respond to life’s challenges; learn about promoting health and keeping safe; learn how to how to seek advice & help for health concerns; learn about respectful relationships; evaluate the consequences of unsafe road use; and the roles in physical activity. In P.E. students participate in ﬁtness testing (gym), volleyball and netball and recreational games.
Year 11 Preliminary
Year 11 students study four units: In ‘Better Health for Individuals’ students examine the meanings of health; and the factors and behaviours that inﬂuence health. In ‘The Body in Motion’ students explore the ways the body moves, focusing on anatomy and biomechanics. In ‘First Aid’ students learn assessment and management techniques for injury and medical conditions that require ﬁrst aid. The ‘Outdoor Recreation’ unit focuses on the development of skills, understanding and attitudes necessary for safe participation in outdoor recreation activities. This involves a wilderness excursion.
In Year 12, students study the health status of Australians and investigate the current ‘Health Priorities in Australia’. Students examine the ‘Factors Affect Performance’ and explore the physical & psychological bases of performance. Students learn about ‘Health of Young People’ and the factors that signiﬁcantly inﬂuence their health. Students develop skills to attain better health. In ‘Sports Medicine’, students examine how sports participation relates to the incidence of sports injuries. They explore the range of technical and scientiﬁc approaches for maintaining the wellbeing of athletes.
The high school sports program currently includes:
- Weekly sports including: soccer, oz-tag, Futsal, cricket, volleyball, basketball, fitness boot-camp, Zumba, weights-cardio gym, gardening and power walking.
- Annual Cricket Cup vs. Unity Grammar (annually)
- Bashar Houli AFL School Cup (annually)
- ‘GoActive’ Girls Tri-sports gala days- oz-tag, soccer, AFL, Euro handball (termly)
- NSW Schools Futsal Championships (annually)
- ‘Faith Shield’ Inter-school sports competitions- oz-tag, soccer (termly)
- Athletic carnival (annually)
- Cross country carnival (TBC)