Personal Development, Health, Physical Education (PDHPE)
Head Teacher: Mr C. Youssef
The PDHPE faculty at Parramatta High School is staffed by skilled and experienced teachers who work together to ensure that students are provided with learning experiences that are relevant and that meet all student needs.
All of our courses, mandatory and elective, provide the opportunity for our students to enhance their personal health and wellbeing, enjoy an active lifestyle, maximise movement potential and advocate lifelong health and physical activity.
Years 7 – 10 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PDHPE)
PDHPE contributes significantly to an individual's physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual health. It provides learning opportunities for students to become empowered as they embark on the journey of life. The aim of PDHPE is to assist students in learning about and developing the skills and strategies that are vital to healthy life practices. As the health and wellbeing of Australians is being affected by poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles, not to mention the rise of mental illnesses, it is imperative that individuals steer their own health and that they are equipped with the knowledge of how they can have a positive influence on their own health and the health of others. It promotes the value and the positive effect that physical activity can have on both the mind and the body.
This occurs in PDHPE through the development of knowledge and understanding and skills through four key strands – Self and Relationships, Movement Skill and Performance, Individual and Community Health and Lifelong Physical Activity. PDHPE is a mandatory course for all students in Stages 4 and 5 where they partake in both theory and practicals units of work. At Parramatta High School we have developed units of work that cover the four key strands. Students study the following units with a focus on the syllabus areas mentioned in the table below.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT:
Born This Way
A sense of self
Changes and challenges
Super Size Me
The nature of health
Factors that affect health
Healthy food habits
Accessing health information, products and services
Up In Smoke
- Adolescence and change
Strategies to minimise harm
You and I
types and nature of relationships
caring and respectful relationships
power in relationships
bullying and harassment
Let's Get Physical
Components of a balanced lifestyle
Personal benefits of participation in physical activity
Physical activity levels
Lifelong physical activity
Health and skill related components of fitness
I Get Knocked Down…
Interdependence between a sense of self and health and wellbeing
Challenges and opportunities
A Healthy Me
mental health continued
healthy food habits
- Developing equal and respectful relationships
- Recognising and responding to abusive situations
- Sexual health
- Drug use
Discrimination, harassment and vilification
Empowering individuals and communities
Lifelong Physical Activity
lifelong physical activities
Planning for regular physical activity
Roles in physical activity
Strategies for enhancing others' enjoyment of and participation in physical activity
Take the Wheel and Steer
Influences on health decision making and risk behaviours
Responding to challenges
Planning a positive future
Work, employment and unemployment
The nature of health knowledge
Factors influencing access to health information, products and services by young people
Students also learn through movement experiences in practical lessons
that are both challenging and enjoyable and that promote the value of
physical activity in their lives. Practical units for Stage 4 revolve
around mini games and activities and modified games covering the
following areas: kick, pass and run, invasion, striking, court and net,
fitness, athletics, cross country and dance. Stage 5 students cover a
range of physical activities including: athletics, cross country, dance,
soccer, basketball, oz tag, touch football, AFL, Volleyball, badminton,
speedminton, mini tennis, softball, cricket and European handball.
Years 9 – 10 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS STUDIES (PASS)
aim of the Physical Activity and Sports Studies Syllabus is to enhance
students' capacity to effectively participate in physical activity and
sport, leading to improved quality of life for themselves and others.
PASS represents a broad view of physical activity and the many possible
contexts in which individuals can build activity into their lifestyle.
Participation in regular physical activity is necessary to improve the
health status and quality of life of individuals and provides
opportunities for personal challenge, enjoyment and satisfaction.
builds on the skills developed in the Years 7 – 10 syllabus and also
the K – 6 syllabus and encourages students to work collaboratively with
others, display management and planning skills to achieve personal and
group goals, perform movement skills with increasing proficiency and to
analyse and appraise information, opinions and observations to inform
physical activity and sport decisions.
programs that are developed around one or more modules from three
different Areas of Study; Foundations of Physical Activity, Physical
Activity and Sport in Society and Enhancing Participation and
Performance. There is a strong focus on learning through movement so
the programs developed use selected movement applications where
appropriate to explore the areas of study.
Years 11 – 12 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PDHPE)
is an optional elective in Year 11 and 12. Both the Preliminary and HSC
courses consist of two core modules representing 60% of course time.
The Preliminary course has an options component, representing 40% of
course time, where students study two out of the four possible areas of
study. While the HSC course also has an options component, representing
40% of course time, where students study two out of a possible five
areas of study.
Students receive 7 periods per 2 week cycle
and study the Preliminary Course developed by the NSW Board of Studies.
The Preliminary Course runs for three terms with students studying the
following Units of Study:
Better Health for Individuals
The Body in Motion
there are no "practical" type lessons similar to the 7-10 program,
there will be the occasional lab type activity where students may be
monitoring heart rates during exercise for example.
receive 7 periods per 2 week cycle and study the Higher School
Certificate Course developed by the NSW Board of Studies. The HSC Course
starts in Term 4 once students have completed their Preliminary Course.
Students study the following units:
Health Priorities in Australia
Factors Affecting Performance
Sport and Physical Activity in Australian Society
there a no "practical" type lessons similar to the year 7-10 program,
however there will be the occasional lab type activity.
Years 11 – 12 COMMUNITY AND FAMILY STUDIES (CAFS)
Community and Family Studies syllabus explores life issues that are
important to all young people and of equal relevance to both male and
female students. The topics investigated and the emphasis on research
ensures a course that is attractive to many students, with the capacity
to challenge and extend all students' ability levels. CAFS aims to
develop in each student an ability to manage resources and take action
to support the needs of individuals, groups, families and communities in
Students receive 7 periods per 2 week
cycle and study the Preliminary Course developed by the NSW Board of
Studies. The Preliminary course consists of three mandatory modules.
Students study the following Preliminary course modules:
Individuals and Groups
Families and Communities
receive 7 periods per 2 week cycle and study the Higher School
Certificate Course developed by the NSW Board of Studies. The HSC course
consists of three core modules representing 75% of course time and an
options component representing 25% of course time. Students study the
following HSC course core modules:
Groups in Context
Parenting and Caring
They also study one of the following three options modules:
Family and Societal Interactions
Social Impact of Technology
Individuals and Work
Years 11 – 12 SPORT, LIFESTYLE and RECREATION (SLR)
Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation course develops the knowledge,
understanding and skills that a student needs to adopt active and
health-promoting lifestyles. SLR allows Stage 6 students to build upon
their learning in Years K – 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 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 and all students are given significant
opportunities to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations
that are socially and culturally relevant and gender inclusive.