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​In the Health and Physical Education(HPE) program students learn to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary to make informed decisions related to promoting the health of individuals and communities. They will develop concepts and skills relating to physical activity and personal development.

Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. Students demonstrate control and accuracy when performing specialised movement skills. They apply and refine movement concepts and strategies to suit different movement situations. They apply the elements of movement to compose and perform movement sequences.

By the end of Year 8, students investigate strategies and resources to manage changes and transitions and their impact on identities. Students evaluate the impact on wellbeing of relationships and respecting diversity. They analyse factors that influence emotional responses. They investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing. They investigate and apply movement concepts and strategies to achieve movement and fitness outcomes. They examine the cultural and historical significance of physical activities and examine how connecting to the environment can enhance health and wellbeing.

By the end of Year 10, students critically analyse contextual factors that influence their identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They analyse the impact that attitudes and beliefs about diversity have on community connection and wellbeing. They evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations. Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations. Students propose and evaluate interventions to improve fitness and physical activity levels in their communities. They examine the role physical activity has played historically in defining cultures and cultural identities.

Students demonstrate leadership, fair play and cooperation across a range of movement and health contexts. They apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. They apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies to new and challenging movement situations. They apply criteria to make judgments about and refine their own and others’ specialised movement skills and movement performances. They work collaboratively to design and apply solutions to movement challenges.

The Health and Physical Education program provides students with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical activities. Within this program students will have the opportunity to apply specific strategies and skills taught to improve and evaluate physical performance.

HPE is a compulsory subject for students in Years 7 to 10. Students can choose to study an Introduction to Senior PE Extension (IPE) or Introduction to Health Education (HED) in Year 10. This is an elective subject that looks at preparing students for Physical Education and Health (both OP subjects) in Years 11 and 12. Recreation can also be studied in Years 11 and 12.

The HPE department offers a Sports Academy program in Years 7 to 10. You can currently specialise in Hockey (HOC).

Physical education pathways

  • Sport and sport promotion
  • Sport development
  • Coaching
  • Psychology
  • Sport marketing and management
  • Teaching
  • Sport journalism
  • Exercise science
  • Biomechanics Allied health profession

Health pathways

  • Health science
  • Public health
  • Health education
  • Health promotion
  • Allied health
  • Nursing
  • Other medical professions

Recreation pathways

  • Fitness
  • Outdoor recreation and education
  • Sports administration
  • Community health
  • Recreation and sport 

HPE resouces

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12