Health and Physical Education


​Years 7 to 10 – compulsory subject

In Health and Physical Education, students learn about promoting the health of individuals and the community. They develop concepts and skills for physical activity and work on their personal development. A significant amount of time is allocated to physical activity through sports and games.

Rugby League Academy and Basketball Academy

Students in Rugby League Academy (boys only) and Basketball​ Academy (girls and boys) complete specialised courses designed for talented athletes in these sports, instead of studying general HPE in Years 7 to 10.

Years 11 & 12

Health – General Senior Subject (ATAR)

Health provides students with a contextualised strengths-based inquiry of the various determinants that create and promote lifelong health, learning and active citizenship. Drawing from the health, behavioural, social and physical sciences, the Health syllabus offers students an action, advocacy and evaluation-oriented curriculum.  Health uses an inquiry approach informed by the critical analysis of health information to investigate sustainable health change at personal, peer, family and community levels.  Students define and understand broad health topics, which they reframe into specific contextualised health issues for further investigation.  Students plan, implement, evaluate and reflect on action strategies that mediate, enable and advocate change through health promotion.

Physical Education – General Senior Subject (ATAR)

Physical Education provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills to explore and enhance their own and others' health and physical activity in diverse and changing contexts.  Physical Education provides a philosophical and educative framework to promote deep learning in three dimensions: about, through and in physical activity contexts. Students optimise their engagement and performance in physical activity as they develop an understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of these dimensions.  Students learn how body and movement concepts and the scientific bases of biophysical, sociocultural and psychological concepts and principles are relevant to their engagement and performance in physical activity. They engage in a range of activities to develop movement sequences and movement strategies.  Students learn experientially through three stages of an inquiry approach to make connections between the scientific bases and the physical activity contexts. They recognise and explain concepts and principles about and through movement, and demonstrate and apply body and movement concepts to movement sequences and movement strategies.  Through their purposeful engagement in physical activities, students gather data to analyse, synthesise and devise strategies to optimise engagement and performance. They engage in reflective decision-making as they evaluate and justify strategies to achieve a particular outcome.

Certificate III in Fitness (VET)

This course combines two nationally recognised qualifications to give students an edge in the fitness industry and to develop basic functional knowledge and skills for work in customer contact positions in the sport or community recreation industry. Students with the Certificate III in Fitness qualification can work as a fitness instructor in a variety of settings and are responsible for the implementation and supervision of members and clients during exercise programs conducted on the gym floor. This subject has a program fee.

Sport & Recreation – Applied Senior Subject (Vocational)

Sport & Recreation provides students with opportunities to learn in, through and about sport and active recreation activities, examining their role in the lives of individuals and communities.  Students examine the relevance of sport and active recreation in Australian culture, employment growth, health and wellbeing. They consider factors that influence participation in sport and recreation, and how physical skills can enhance participation and performance in sport and recreation activities. Students explore how interpersonal skills support effective interaction with others, and the promotion of safety in sport and recreation activities. They examine technology in sport and recreation activities, and how the sport and recreation industry contributes to individual and community outcomes.  Students are involved in acquiring, applying and evaluating information about and in physical activities and performances, planning and organising activities, investigating solutions to individual and community challenges, and using suitable technologies where relevant. They communicate ideas and information in, about and through sport and recreation activities. They examine the effects of sport and recreation on individuals and communities, investigate the role of sport and recreation in maintaining good health, evaluate strategies to promote health and safety, and investigate personal and interpersonal skills to achieve goals.  ​

Last reviewed 06 October 2021
Last updated 06 October 2021