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Personal development, health and physical education

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. This is a requirement for eligibility for the award of the Record of School Achievement.

Course Description

The PDHPE 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.

The PDHPE Years 7–10 course includes Life Skills outcomes and content for students with special education needs.

What will students learn about?

All students study the following strands:

  • 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 competence and confidence 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 interrelationships 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.

What will students learn to do?

Throughout the course students develop and enhance key PDHPE skills that allow them to take action and advocate for health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity of themselves and others. This includes an emphasis on self-management, interpersonal and movement skills.

Record of School Achievement

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

Students undertaking the PDHPE Years 7–10 course based on Life Skills outcomes and content are not allocated a grade.