Health & Physical Education Department

Dean of Health & Physical Education

Steven Nugent


The Health and Physical Education Department allows students to become highly involved in personalised Study of Human Movement, Recreation, Health and Sport Science concepts in physical activity, which are related to their own individual capabilities. They can involve themselves in cooperative projects such as performing in small group, individual and team situations. They develop critical judgments regarding their involvement in physical activity in a variety of roles such as participant, spectator, official or observer. The subject also encourages them to consider many of the wider complex social issues which surround physical activity in Australia and the world.

The department offers various levels of learning through the following:


Students use their interests in and experiences of health and physical activity issues to develop health and well-being, actively engage in physical activity and enhance personal development. They recognise that capabilities in health and movement can provide career opportunities and improve their quality of life. Students will integrate theory through practical units based upon Swimming, Athletics and Team Sports.  Students are expected to demonstrate the safety rules, etiquette and some basic strategic game plans of activities in which they are involved.

Junior Health and Physical Education – Core
Health and Physical Education aims to give students an opportunity to be physically active and participate in a range of different sports and activities throughout the course. As a compulsory subject for all Year 8 and 9 students, it aims to help educate, promote and advocate for increased activity levels amongst Australia’s children. Therefore, it is vitally important for all students to approach it with enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in order to help curb the obesity epidemic sweeping western society. Health & Physical Education aims to promote the idea of “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) by involving students as intelligent performers in, through and about physical activity. The subject aims to fulfil the tremendous need in today’s society for education in basic Lifestyle Skills and Health Needs, as well as Nutrition, Drug & Alcohol awareness, and Participation in Physical Activity for lifelong wellbeing.

Semester 1 (Term 1 or Term 2) Introductory units:
Physical Education – Body Science, Psychology & Performance and Sports Organisation 
Year 10 Physical Education aims to address the need in today’s society for grounding in areas which lead to exciting career paths in Human Movement Studies, Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health Sciences and Sports & Leisure Studies. The subject has both a physical activity and a written/classroom component which combine together to provide students with appropriate bridging to the Senior Physical Education (Years 11/12) course.

Year 10 Recreation aims to generate an interest and a degree of competence in various recreational pursuits. This will enable the student to manage leisure time in an enjoyable and enriching manner. The course offers alternative activities to mainstream Physical Education units and is designed to offer students learning experiences that may be followed up by Senior Recreation Studies. The learning environment focuses on endeavour and participation, with a key focus on social interaction and co-operation between peers, staff and professional instructors, to achieve desired outcomes.

Semester 2:
Physical Education – Human Movement
The aim of this unit is to enhance the students’ knowledge of human movements by engaging them in the fundamentals of anatomy, biomechanics and learning how to develop their own physical fitness. In doing so, they are able to apply knowledge to improve personal performances through specific training. By the end of this unit, students should understand why physical activity is important – how it affects the body, what strategies can be employed to incorporate it beyond the school environment and how to participate as an individual.

Recreation – Outdoor Pursuits and Fitness for Recreation 
The aim of this unit is to engage students in learning and developing skills necessary for safe participation in outdoor recreation activities. Students will develop the idea that participants in outdoor recreation pursuits can enhance their physical, social, psychological and mental development by engaging in activities that challenge the mind and body. This course aims to nurture skills required for life-long learning and promotion of the importance of physical fitness throughout the life span for better overall health and wellness.

Physical Education is an OP subject designed to bridge students towards tertiary studies in Human Movement Studies, Physiotherapy, Sport Science, Leisure Studies and Medicine/Health Sciences. It focuses on the complexity of, and interrelationships between, the Psychological, Biomechanical, Physiological, Motor Skill Learning and Sociological factors that might influence individual and team performances as well as the wider social attitudes to physical activity. Physical Education aims to provide students with experiences and immersion in the study of Sport Science & Human Movement by involving them as intelligent performers in, through and about physical activity. Learning in, about and through physical activity will enable students to acquire knowledge, skills, understandings, capacities and attitudes, both directly and indirectly, as they participate in and study physical activity.

Recreation is a non-OP subject which is ideally suited to a student interested in the recreation industry. This is a subject where more than half of the time is spent in physical activity. Recreation is designed to provide students with a variety of physical, intellectual, technical, operational and workplace skills. It encompasses learning in, about and through recreation activities. Recreational activities have long been recognised as being able to provide learning outcomes other than those related to the acquisition of activity based skills. These outcomes include improved self-esteem, self-reliance, healthy lifestyle attitudes, leadership, decision-making and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to work in teams.