Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) faculty offers the following subjects: 

  • PDHPE - Stage 4 and 5 Mandatory
  • Physical Activity & Sports Studies (PASS) - Stage 5
  • PDHPE - Stage 6
  • Community and Family Studies (CAFS) - Stage 6
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR) - Stage 6

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practise 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. PDHPE provides the opportunity for young people 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 people include physical activity, mental health, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, supportive relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination. 

Physical Activity and Sports Studies represents a broad view of physical activity and the many possible contexts in which individuals can build activity into their lifestyle. It incorporates a wide range of lifelong physical activities, including recreational, leisure and adventure pursuits, competitive and non-competitive games, individual and group physical fitness activities, and the use of physical activity for therapy and remediation. PASS promotes the concept of learning through movement. Many aspects of the course can be explored through participation in selected movement applications in which students experience, examine, analyse and apply new understanding. It also promotes learning about movement and provides students with opportunities to develop their movement skills, analyse movement performance and assist the performance of others. 

Community and Family Studies explores how contemporary society is characterised by rapid social and technological change, cultural diversity, conflicting values and competitive pressures. Developing understanding about society and living in society requires a comprehensive knowledge of its complex nature. Consequently, CAFS is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students' general life experiences. This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation enables Stage 6 students to build upon their learning in Years 7–10 PDHPE. Specifically, it focuses on those aspects of the learning area that relate most closely to participation in sport and physical activity. SLR makes a positive contribution to the total wellbeing of students. They develop knowledge and understanding of the value of activity, increased levels of movement skill, competence in a wide variety of sport and recreation contexts and skills in planning to be active. These and other aspects of the course enable students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle. The course features a highly practical focus: physical activity being both an area of study and a medium for learning.