Health and Physical Education


 

 

 

The Physical Education Program fosters the students’ understanding of health and fitness and its importance in all aspects of their development.

Other outcomes include developing tolerance towards personal differences, resolving conflicts, developing good sporting behaviour and accepting responsibility.  Students are expected to participate consistently to the best of their ability.

 

 

 

Health Education

 

Year 7 and 8

Students will investigate and evaluate strategies to promote health and manage transition as well as seek assistance and reliable health information. Students will plan positive health behaviours, analyse the factors that influence relationships and emotions and examine the benefits of these relationships and community diversity. The general subject content will include identity and self-esteem, drugs, healthy eating and fitness, protective behaviours and resilience, puberty, smoking, cyber safety and communication.

Year 9 and 10

Students evaluate factors that shape identity and look at the impact of change and their own ability to make healthy choices. In the context of relationships, lifestyle diseases, cannabis and alcohol, students will practice managing situations and propose appropriate responses to risk situations. students will also implement and be able to critique strategies and factors that enhance and influence their health and wellbeing, with regard to mental health, first aid and goal setting. In Year 10, students participate in the ‘Keys 4 Life’ driver education and the ‘Promotion of Adolescent Sexual Health’ programs.

Physical Education

Year 7 and 8

This program helps students reach their movement potential by understanding the structure of movement, moving confidently and competently in structured and unstructured activities, developing and maintaining fitness, meeting new demands by setting goals and interacting positively with others. This includes developing good sporting behaviour and accepting responsibility. Students are encouraged to perform and refine specialised movement skills in increasingly challenging situations.

Year 9 and 10

This program helps students reach their movement potential by understanding the structure of movement, moving confidently and competently in structured and unstructured activities, developing and maintaining fitness, meeting new demands by setting goals and interacting positively with others. This includes developing good sporting behaviour and accepting responsibility. Students are encouraged to perform and refine specialised movement skills in increasingly challenging situations.

 

Physical Recreation

Year 9

This course is designed to engage students in alternative recreational activates with a particular focus on squash and archery.

Outdoor Education

Year 10

This is a specialised course with both theory and practical components, encompassing activities such as camping, bushcraft and hiking. Includes overnight excursions and focuses on outdoors skills development and interpersonal skills in preparation for upper school General Outdoor Education.

Strength and Fitness   

Year 10

This is a specialised course with both theory and practical components, encompassing a range of strength and fitness components appropriate to adolescent development, focusing on strength, flexibility, power and endurance in preparation for the upper school General Physical Education Studies and the Certificate II Sports Coaching.

Physical Education Studies General

The Physical Education Studies General course contributes to the development of the whole person. It promotes the physical, social and emotional growth of students. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed   on understanding and improving performance in physical activities. The integration of theory and practice is central to studies in this course.

The Physical Education Studies General course focuses on the complex interrelationships between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical and physiological factors that influence individual and team performance. Students engage as performers, leaders, coaches, analysts and planners of physical activity. Physical activity serves both as a source of content and data and as a medium for learning. Learning in the Physical Education Studies General course cannot be separated from active participation in physical activities and involves students in closely integrated written, oral and physical learning experiences based upon the study of selected physical activities.

The course appeals to students, with varying backgrounds, physical activity knowledge and dispositions. Students analyse the performance of themselves and others, apply theoretical principles and plan programs   to enhance performance. Physical activity and sport are used to develop skills and performance, along with an understanding of physiological, anatomical, psychological, biomechanical and skill learning applications.

The course prepares students for a variety of post-school pathways, including immediate employment or tertiary studies. It provides students with an increasingly diverse range of employment opportunities in the sport, leisure and recreation industries, education, sport development, youth work and health and medical fields linked to physical activity and sport. The course also equips students to take on volunteer and leadership roles in community activities.

 

Outdoor Education General

The Outdoor Education General course aims to introduce students to the skills and knowledge around the outdoors through interaction with the natural environment. They will develop an understanding of our relationships with the environment, others and ourselves. The Outdoor Education General course is based   on the experiential learning cycle. This cycle is made up of three stages: plan, do and review. Students plan for outdoor experiences, participate in these experiences and reflect on their involvement.

 

Students will be able to:

Develop self-awareness by engaging in a range of challenging outdoor activities

Enhance personal and group skills and build confidence, empathy and self-understanding

Gain better understanding of group dynamics as they will be working with others

Enhance their leadership qualities and decision-making abilities, while showing respect for self, others and the environment.

 

Students will participate in a range of activities including mountain biking, hiking and orienteering in Year 11, and snorkelling, kayaking and orienteering in Year 12. The course is split into 50% practical and 50% theory. Students must be willing to participate in both the practical and theory elements of the course. Across the year students will be required to attend two overnight camps and one or two day excursions as part of the course learning.

Health Studies General

The Health Studies General course focuses on the study of health as a dynamic quality of human life. Students undertaking the course develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to promote an understanding of the importance of personal and community action in promoting health.

The influence of social, environmental and biological determinants of health is a key focus of the course. Other content includes the influence of beliefs, attitudes and values on health behaviour, and the importance of self-management and interpersonal skills in making healthy decisions. School assessment requires a written inquiry report, a written or practical report and in class tests.