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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 practice 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.

The PDHPE program provides the opportunity for our students to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. The issues that affect young males include physical activity, mental health, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, supportive relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination. Health issues that have the potential to appear in later life are also relevant due to their relationship to lifestyle patterns established in adolescent years and the possibility that they may impact on family and other significant adults in students’ lives. Through learning in PDHPE, students have opportunities to develop personal coping strategies for everyday life.


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  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies (Elective)
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education (Elective)
  • Sport Coaching – Certificate 2 (Elective)

Learning in PDHPE encourages young males to take a positive approach to managing their lives and equips them with skills for current and future challenges. It contributes to the development in young males of the capacity to take responsibility for their own learning and of a commitment to continue learning throughout life. The knowledge, understanding and skills developed provide a foundation for a wide range of study pathways beyond school and also have applications in a number of vocational areas.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (Year 7-10)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a mandatory course that is studied in each of Years 7–10 with at least 300 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.

Course Description

PDHPE develops students’ capacity to enhance personal health and well-being. It promotes their enjoyment of and commitment to an active lifestyle and to achieve confidence and competence in a wide range of physical activities.

Through PDHPE students develop knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes required to lead and promote healthy, safe and active lives.

What will students learn about?

Current Years 8 and 10 PDHPE students study the following four modules:

  • Self and Relationships – Students learn about sense of self, adolescence and change, sources of personal support and the nature of positive, caring relationships
  • Movement Skill and Performance – Students explore the elements of composition as they develop and refine movement skills in a variety of contexts
  • Individual and Community Health – Students learn about the specific issues of mental health, healthy food habits, sexual health, drug use and road safety. They examine risk, personal safety and how to access health information, products and services.
  • Lifelong Physical Activity – Students consider lifestyle balance and the importance of physical activity and its physical benefits. Students learn to participate successfully in a wide range of activities and to adopt roles that promote a more active community.

What will students learn to do?

Throughout the course students will learn to apply some key skills that allow them to take action for health and physical activity. This includes an emphasis on communicating, interacting, problem-solving, decision-making, planning and moving.


Satisfactory completion of the mandatory PDHPE course will be recorded with a grade on the student’s Record of School Achievement.