Health and Physical Education offers experiential learning, with a curriculum that is relevant, engaging, contemporary, physically active, and enjoyable and developmentally appropriate. Integral to Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills, concepts, and strategies that enable students to participate in a range of physical activities confidently and competently.
In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to support them to be resilient, to develop a strong sense of self, to build and maintain satisfying relationships, to make health-enhancing decisions in relation to their health and physical activity participation, and to develop health literacy competencies in order to enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing.
Years 7, 8 and 9
In Years 7, 8 and 9, students study Health and Physical Education. The curriculum expands on students’ knowledge, understanding and skills to help them achieve successful outcomes in classroom, leisure, social, movement and online situations. Students learn how to take positive action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. They demonstrate a range of help-seeking strategies that support them to access and evaluate health and physical activity information and services.
Students also develop specialised movement skills and understanding in a range of physical activity settings. They analyse how body control and coordination influence movement composition and performance and learn to transfer movement skills and concepts to a variety of physical activities. Students explore the role that games and sports, outdoor recreation, lifelong physical activities, and rhythmic and expressive movement activities play in shaping cultures and identities. They reflect on and refine personal and social skills as they participate in a range of physical activities such as athletics, Oz tag, badminton, volleyball, royal lifesaving, Indigenous Games, aquatic sports, sports aerobics, basketball, sofcrosse and soccer.
Students in Year 7 and 8 are provided with three 40-minute lessons per week and two 40-minute lessons in Year 9.
Years 10, 11 and 12
Students select additional electives for these years of study; the faculty offers:
- Physical Education
- Certificate III in Fitness
Students in Physical Education and Health are provided with five 40-minute lessons per week and Certificate III in Fitness students with two 40-minute lessons.
In Physical Education, a philosophical and educative framework is provided to promote deep learning in three dimensions: about, through and in movement contexts. Across the course of study, students will engage in a range of physical activities to develop movement sequences and movement strategies. Students optimise their engagement and performance in physical activity as they develop an understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the dimensions. In becoming physically educated, students learn to see how the body and movement concepts and the scientific bases of biophysical, sociocultural and psychological concepts and principles are relevant to their engagement and performance in physical activity.
Health is the investigation of the many facets of what can lead to a healthy life. Looking at the relationship between the traditional medical treatment (pathogenesis) of health issues, as well as the every growing preventative (salutogenesis) health industry.
Health is an inquiry-based subject. Students are guided through an inquiry process that links their research and relevant theoretical concepts to address those issues and make justified recommendations for future action. Health will improve students’ ability to research, evaluate and create texts; their ability to collate, analyse and present data; their ability to use ICTs; and their ability to think critically and creatively.
Certificate III in Fitness
The Certificate III in Fitness Course is designed for students who have a passion for health and fitness. This course will teach you how to train and instruct people of all ages, to practice different forms of exercise in order to improve their fitness and health. You will learn about human anatomy in relation to fitness, a variety of health principles, diet, rest and recovery and to train people in an effective and safe way. You will learn about group exercise instruction in a variety of gym and fitness centre settings. The next step, with further studies, is qualification as a personal trainer.