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We are getting back to normality with some excursions and incursions going ahead this year!


Year 7 PDHPE

Year 7 honed their Track and Field skills in preparation for the Athletics carnival. They also experienced different fundamental skills such as running, striking with their hands, feet and bats. They learned to recognise the five components of health and the factors that affect them. The Safe and Sound unit covers all sorts of risks and how to minimise them, from technology, drugs, surf safety, to how to stay safe in the sun. To enhance this knowledge, a guest speaker from the Melanoma Institute came and spoke to the boys about how to stay safer in the sun these holidays and over summer.








Year 8 PDHPE

Year 8 students practised their basketball skills and took on AFL with gusto and learned that it probably originated from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander game called Marngrook.  In theory lessons they studied why people take risks and analysed their own behaviour. They continued to experience stress management techniques and built help-seeking skills.


Year 9 PDHPE

Year 9 rehearsed their athletics skills for the carnival. During Term 3 they experienced many different games that are played by people who are at a disadvantage due to a disability or racism. Some of the activities were blind athletics, seated volleyball, blind soccer and ‘on the knees’ table tennis. They also participated in some traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games. The prac lessons complemented the theory which also looked at ‘Challenging Stereotypes’, by increasing awareness of diversity in order to avoid discrimination, harassment and vilification.



Year 9 PASS

Year 9 learned how to analyse and appraise fad diets or physical activity regimes. They were also encouraged to design their own nutrition plan. Term 3 they examined the contribution and impact of technology in sport.

Year 10 PDHPE

Year 10 spent more time learning how to develop and maintain respectful relationships. Term 3 saw Year 10 examining the extent and causal factors of road traffic crashes and how to respect others on the road. The boys were fortunate this year as they had the opportunity to travel to Sydney to take part in the bStreetsmart forum. This is a hard hitting, realistic view on road safety and the consequences of being reckless. The boys also got to try some experiential activities such as seeing the effects of alcohol through wearing ‘beer’ goggles and trying to hit a target.



Year 10 PASS

Year 10 took on the difficult task of anatomy and physiology and the Body Systems and Energy for Physical Activity. Term 3 saw the students participate in and learn about strategies and techniques that could be used to enhance performance.

Year 11 Outdoor Recreation

Year 11 VET course students completed their ‘Apply First Aid’ certificate and continued their fun with their four day camp. Boys caught the Palm Beach Ferry from Ettalong, did a learn to surf lesson with fairy penguins dropping in, before paddling kayaks across to The Basin. Boys had to set up tents, cook their own meals and then participate in hiking and mountain biking. It was an awesome adventure and Mr Gentle and Mrs Henderson loved leading the boys on this experience.

Year 11 PDHPE

Year 11 continued their investigation into the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems and how they influence body movement and efficiency. Term 3 saw them analyse what health means to individuals, what influences their health and various health promotion initiatives. They also experienced their first 2 hour examination for PDHPE and are getting set for their HSC year starting Term 4.


Year 11 delved into the roles and responsibilities of a coach, including aspects of coaching sessions such as the psychology needed to deal with athletes. The students also participated in a netball unit and other games and sports. These guys know how to have fun and enjoy some robust friendly competition banter during practical lessons

Year 12 PDHPE

Year 12 finished their course with plenty of time to study. They consolidated their knowledge of the syllabus by attending The Big Day Out for PDHPE in Sydney, which showcased guest speakers from various sports and health organisations. We wish them all the best for their upcoming HSC exams.

Year 12 SLR

Year 12 finished their aquatics human movement analysis at Gosford pool. They then had fun trying their hand at badminton and tried to beat Mr Ellis at table tennis. They just couldn’t get enough of it.

Again, thank you to the versatile PDHPE staff for making the boys theory and prac lessons so life relevant and worthwhile.


The PDHPE staff have noticed the slide away from the boys wearing the correct full PDHPE uniform. In order to participate fully and avoid an afternoon detention, the boys are required to wear the correct shirt, shorts, white or black socks, joggers and a hat. If any part of this uniform is missing without a parental explanatory note, the boys will be unable to participate in the lesson. Hygiene and sun safety are at the forefront of our thinking.

Year 11 Outdoor Recreation Images