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Swansea High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.

PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) at Swansea High School is a dynamic department that develops our students capacity to enhance personal health and wellbeing. We have highly skilled and talented teachers who consistently challenge students to critically analyse and evaluate health and physical activity content. All classes are inclusive and meet the needs of a diverse range of students who exhibit a wide variety of talents and expertise. Our programs centre on encouraging and enabling students to make informed decisions related to health, physical activity, lifestyle and life planning.

Mandatory Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (Years 7-10)

The PDHPE faculty provides a varied sequence of learning experiences in the 7-10 program to our junior students. The faculty continually reflects and refines our teaching practise to present lessons that are fun, engaging and relevant to young people. Students participate in programs that integrate technology in a way that meets the needs of 21st Century learners. In the junior years the practical component of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education emphasises the improvement of basic movement skills, fitness, physical activity, game skills, participation and teamwork. In the theoretical component, students develop the capacity to approach decision-making in an informed and thoughtful manner through the development of personal awareness, interpersonal relationships communication and drug education.