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.
This area of study provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It involves students learning and practising ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving health.
Students study aspects of a social view of lifestyles where the principles of diversity, social justice and supportive environments are fundamental aspects. Individual, family and community values and beliefs and the socio-cultural and physical environments in which we live will be examined.
Main areas of study for Years 7 - 10 include Nutrition, Drug Use, Sexual Health, Road Safety, Relationships, Mental Health, Consumer Health, Difference and Diversity, and Individual and Community Health.
Physical activity also makes up 50% of the PDHPE curriculum. Students gain experience in a range of sports and movement contexts including (but not limited to): Football, Netball, Soccer, Tennis, Gymnastics, Dance, Cricket, T-Ball, Lawn Bowls, Archery, Swimming, Traditional Indigenous Games, Volleyball and Slide Hockey.
Bourke High School has a rich external sporting curriculum on offer as well. Students have the opportunity to compete with the wider western region in numerous games and sports, details for these sports are released during the year.
For more information please contact Mr Geoff Passfield, PDHPE/TAS Head Teacher at Bourke High School on 6872 2522.