Sefton High School

Sincerity Scholarship Service

Telephone02 9644 4800

Emailsefton-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Personal development, health and physical education

Head Teacher is Ms K Holt

About PDHPE 

The aim of PD/H/PE is to develop student’s capacity to enhance personal health and well being, enjoy an active lifestyle, maximise movement potential and advocate lifelong health and physical activity. This is achieved through a course of study involving both theory and practical classes. Students will be engaged in a range of sporting and health topics. This subject is compulsory in Years 7-10, while students can elect to undertake this subject in the senior years. We also offer an elective course in Years 9-10 called Physical Activity and Sports Studies.
COURSES

PDHPE for Years 7 and 8

All students will undertake a course of study involving both theory and practical units of work. Theory units will cover content on issues such as self-awareness, decision-making, growth and development, child protection, risk taking behaviour, relationships, better bodies, lifestyle and health. Practical units will cover a range of physical activities including dance, gymnastics, swimming, basic skills, fitness testing, modified games, recreational games and selected sports. Classes are organised so that there are 2 enrichment classes for gifted and talented PDHPE students.

PDHPE for Years 9-10

All students will undertake a course of study involving both theory and practical units of work. Theory units will cover content on issues such as decision making, coping strategies, various health issues, child protection, life after school planning, lifestyle, health, consumer health and physical activity for young people. Practical units will cover a range of physical activities including gymnastics, cross country, athletics, aquatics, fitness testing, modified games, invasion games and selected sports. Classes are organised so that there are 2 enrichment classes for gifted and talented PDHPE students.

Physical activity and sports studies Years 9 and 10 elective course

Physical Activity and Sport Studies is an elective course designed to extend the knowledge and skills students acquire through PD/H/PE.

Students:

  • gain a greater insight into how fitness can improve performance,
  • explore biomechanical, training and nutritional principles in relation to enhanced sporting performance,
  • develop a greater understanding of how to identify and manage sporting injuries,
  • analyse the place recreational pursuits have in our society,
  • maximise their movement potential through the study and participation in various physical activities.

Students will undertake a course of study involving both theory and practical units of work.

PDHPE Years 11 and 12 elective course

The Preliminary course examines a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. This includes how people think about health, the management of personal health, principles of biomechanics and anatomy and physiology. Students have the opportunity to select from a range of practical options in areas such as first aid, outdoor education, composition and performance and fitness choices.

In the HSC course, students focus on major issues related to Australia’s health status. They also look at factors that affect physical performance. They undertake optional study from a range of choices. This includes investigating the health of young people or groups experiencing health inequities. In other options, students focus on improved performance and safe participation by learning about advanced approaches to training or sport medicine concepts. There is also an opportunity to think critically about the methods used to improve performance.

PDHPE assessment

In PDHPE the assessment of student outcomes is comprised of several components. In Years 7-10, all students sit mid-year and end of year examinations. In Years 11-12 students sit an end of course examination only.

In Years 7-10, students complete class based theory and practical assessment tasks, which are marked using prescribed marking criteria. These tasks include assignments, class and bookwork, literacy tests, topic tests, movement skill and performance assessment.

In Years 11-12, students undertake a variety of assessment tasks which contribute to their final assessment mark. These tasks include research assignments,   in-class written responses and practical application. All tasks are marked according to prescribed marking criteria. Tasks will include both summative and formative assessment.

Our PDHPE facilities and resources

We have a number of facilities and resources for our students such as:

  • 3 basketball courts, one of which is under a COLA.
  • 2 European Handball, Volleyball and Netball Courts.
  • 2 Cricket nets
  • Outdoor fitness / callisthenics / gym
  • Large Quadrangle set up for racquet courts games
  • Football field sized main oval
  • Long Jump and Triple Jump pit
  • Weights/Fitness/Human Performance room
  • Outdoor Calisthenics fitness gym
  • An extensive range of sporting equipment for athletics, swimming, life/saving first aid and gymnastics.

PDHPE co-curricular activities

We have a number of co-curricular activites for PDHPE such as:

  • Year 7 and 8 Gala days
  • Year 7 Swim School
  • Year 8 Surf Awareness excursions
  • Year 9 and 10 Sala day coaches
  • Year 10 Swim School assistants
  • Year 9 and 10 PASS excursions