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Hurstville Boys Campus

Hurstville Boys Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 9587 3199

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

PDHPE/PASS

Physical Education, Health and Personal Development (PDHPE)/PASS

PE Teacher with students on football field

Physical Education, Health and Personal Development (PDHPE) is an important part of the whole school at Georges River College Hurstville Boys Campus. Physical activity is a vehicle which is used to develop physical and social skills and is also an active contributor in the developing leadership and sportsmanship. With the mentorship of specialised PDHPE teachers students are given unique opportunities to develop holistic skills that will guide boys into leaders in their chosen fields in the future.

In Health classes students are taught about contemporary health issues and how they affect the individual and the community. Students also develop a greater sense of self and examine the changes and challenges they are faced with as they ‘grow up'. Students are challenged to build knowledge around ‘Self and Relationships' and ‘Individual and Community Health'. Classes are also designed to develop skills in students such as communicating, decision making, planning and problem solving, equipping students with skills to be 21st century learners.

The faculty offers a range of opportunities for students including mandatory PDHPE classes for all students. Additionally, students can select Physical Activity Sports Studies as an elective subject in Years 9 and 10. Our PDHPE faculty also run physical education during Hurstville Essential Learning Periods (HELP) during Roll Call for Year 9. This includes opportunities to participate in cardiovascular and muscle building activities as well as Martial Arts to help develop physical and academic improvement.

  • Year 7 (4 Periods of PDHPE (2 theory and 2 Practical) and 2 periods of integrated sport)
  • Year 8, 9 and 10 (4 periods of PDHPE (2 theory and 2 Practical)
  • Year 9 and 10 PASS (6 Periods (4 practical and 2 theory)

Sport is another important part of PDHPE. Students are encouraged to participate in grade and house sport options. GRC HBC is an active and successful member of the St George Secondary Schools Sport Association. This allows the competition in carnivals in Swimming, Athletics and cross country against other schools the zone.

Summer Sports include:

  • Touch football
  • Mini Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis

Winter Sports include:

  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Rugby League
  • Baseball (Senior)
  • Softball

In the Year 7 sport is integrated into student timetables and occurs as extra classes during the first year of high school. This gives students the opportunity to develop and refine movement skills with the aid of specialist PDHPE teachers and improves participation and skill level when students join grade sport in Year 8, 9 and 10.

PDHPE in NSW Schools

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 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
  • Community and Family Studies Life Skills
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Life Skills
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.

Benefits of Physical Activity

The positive association between physical activity and the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual components of health are well researched. Regular participation in physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health.

Read more PDHPE: Benefits