PDHPE attempts to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to empower students to adopt healthy behaviours. Students study a range of issues pertinent to contemporary society. These include body image, obesity, resilience, sexuality, risk-taking, nutrition, self esteem, relationships, peer pressure and unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, alcohol and drug use.
Students are required to participate in theoretical and practical lessons and the PDHPE staff make sure they are challenging and fun. In practical lessons students are assessed on their motor skill levels and physical fitness using a series of fitness tests such as the beep test. The PDHPE staff promote opportunities for students to develop their movement skills in a variety of disciplines including games and dance which improves students team building.
Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) and Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)
Students work with programs based on the syllabus developed by the NSW Board of Studies.
Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)
Students can study PDHPE or Community and Family Studies.
This course 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. The syllabus has been designed for students who have an interest in this area. There are no formal prerequisites for this course but it is assumed that students have undertaken a minimum 300 Hours on the 7-10 PDHPE course.
Community and Family Studies
This course draws upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students general life experiences. Students are required to develop and use research skills in planning, collecting, recording, interpreting, analysing and presenting as they employ various research methodologies to complete an Independent Research Project (IRP). In the Community and Family Studies course, the students investigate interactions amongst individuals, families, communities and society. Students study various groups in society such as the homeless, homosexuals, the aged, the youth and examine issues related to parenting and caring.