Students in Stage 4, Years 7-8 at Winmalee High School study PDHPE as a compulsory core subject. Through Health and Wellbeing lessons students study units of work which focus on connecting with their relevant communities, evaluating strategies to manage current and future challenges and the development of actions to promote health, safety and wellbeing for themselves and others.
Physical Education lessons allow students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of moderate to vigorous physical activities that enable them to engage in movement skills with increased confidence and precision. Within this context students will also focus on developing collaboration, fair play and inclusivity in their dealings with other students.
Stage 5 students, Year 9-10 at Winmalee High School, study PDHPE as a compulsory core subject and also have the opportunity to select Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS), Dance and Child Studies as electives for Years 9 and 10.
PDHPE in Stage 5 enables students to evaluate a range of factors which shape identity and have an impact on young people’s health decisions, behaviours and actions. Through Health and Wellbeing lessons, students will also reflect on emotional responses in a variety of situations and develop protective skills which promote health, safety and wellbeing and allow students to manage complex changes and transitions in relationships. Physical Education focuses on developing persistence through experiences in composition, performance and appraisal of movement in a range of contexts. In response to unpredictable situations, students work collaboratively to design and apply creative solutions to movement challenges and use criteria to make judgements about skilled performances.
Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) is offered as an elective in Stage 5, Years 9-10, and promotes the concept of learning through movement. Many aspects of the course can be explored through participation in selected movement applications in which students experience, examine, analyse and apply new understanding. The course provides students with opportunities to develop their movement skills and to analyse movement performance. As a consequence, students will appreciate the traditions and special characteristics associated with various physical activities and also the artistic and aesthetic qualities of skilled performance. Units of work include Physical Fitness, Sports Nutrition, Coaching, Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Anatomy and Physiology.
Dance is also offered as an elective subject in Stage 5, Years 9-10 at Winmalee High School and allows students to develop their physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding related to dance. They learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances and analyse dance as works of art. Students think imaginatively and share ideas, feelings, values and attitudes while physically and intellectually exploring the communication of ideas through movement. The course integrates the key components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation. Dance in Stage 5 also provides a pathway to the study of Dance in Stage 6, but is not a prerequisite.
Child Studies, another Stage 5, Years 9-10 elective course, aims to promote in students a sense of empathy for children, their parents, caregivers and those that have the potential to influence learning environments for children. The Winmalee High School course is designed to promote the development in young people of an understanding and appreciation of the wellbeing of children. The knowledge, understanding, skills and values developed through Child Studies provides a foundation for a range of study options beyond school through vocational pathways that support and enhance the wellbeing of children. Units of work include Growth and Development, Children and Technology, Culture and Childhood, Play, Health & Safety and Childhood Nutrition.