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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

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) K–10 syllabus provides a strengths-based approach towards developing the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity in varied and changing contexts. The syllabus provides opportunities for students to develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to help students become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens.

What will students learn about?

  • Health, Wellbeing and Relationships– students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills important for building respectful relationships, enhancing personal strengths and exploring personal identity to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others. They develop strategies to manage change, challenges, power, abuse, violence and learn how to protect themselves and others in a range of situations.
  • Movement Skill and Performance– students focus on active participation in a broad range of movement contexts to develop movement skill and enhance performance. They develop confidence and competence to engage in physical activity. Students develop an understanding of movement concepts and the features of movement composition as they engage in a variety of planned and improvised movement experiences. They create and compose movement to achieve specific purposes and performance goals. Through movement experiences students also develop self-management and interpersonal skills to support them to strive for enhanced performance and participation in a lifetime of physical activity.
  • Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles– students focus on the interrelationship between health and physical activity concepts. They develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to empower them to make healthy and safe choices and take action to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities. They engage with a range of health issues and identify strategies to keep them healthy, safe and active.