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Personal development, health and physical education

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.

What is PDHPE?

Students in sport uniform doing sport activity

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes important for students to make positive decisions to protect and enhance their own and other’s health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts.

PDHPE at Winmalee High School provides students with the opportunity to enhance and develop resilience and connectedness and students learn to interact respectfully with others. Through a strength-based approach to teaching and learning, students are provided with opportunities to think critically, challenge assumptions and develop behaviours and attitudes which promote the development of empathy, respectful relationships, inclusivity and social justice.

Students practise, develop and refine the physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills that are important for engaging in movement and the capacity to lead a healthy, safe and physically active life.

What does learning look like in PDHPE?

Teaching and learning in PDHPE at Winmalee High School acknowledges the dynamic nature of health, safety, physical activity and wellbeing in a diverse and rapidly changing society. It addresses health and physical activity concepts important to students and highlights the influences that contextual factors have on personal values, attitudes and behaviours. The development of critical thinking skills in relation to health information is also a key focus of Health and Wellbeing lessons.

All lessons are inclusive and differentiated to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners. Our programs provide students with experiential learning opportunities that are both relevant and contemporary and strongly focused on collaborating with others in physically active and group contexts. Through PDHPE, students develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to help them become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible members of our community.

Male student in sport uniform running.

PDHPE Studies Stage 4 & 5 (Years 7- 10)

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 range of ways they can positively impact on the wellbeing of children through roles in both paid and unpaid contexts. The knowledge, understanding, skills and values developed through Child Studies provides a foundation for a wide range of study options in and beyond school and also a range of 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.

Two male students in sport uniform outside practising boxing

PDHPE Stage 6 (Years 11-12)

Stage 6 students at Winmalee High School have the opportunity to select PDHPE, Dance, Community and Family Studies (CAFS) and Sport Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR) as electives for Year 11 and 12. Stage 6 students must also participate in the mandatory 25 hour course, Life Ready, delivered at Winmalee High School as a series of seminars.

PDHPE in Stage 6 is an integrated area of study that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It is studied as a 2 Unit course over 2 years and contributes towards a student’s ATAR. The course enables students to build on their knowledge from Stage 5 PDHPE and/or PASS by focussing on areas of study which include: Health Priorities in Australia, Factors Affecting Performance, Outdoor Recreation, First Aid, Sports Medicine, Improving Performance and the Health of Young People.

Dance in Stage 6 is an ATAR–based course which includes practical and theoretical components. Students have the opportunity to improve dance technique as well as understand dance from a socio-historic and cultural perspective. Students study the core components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation and then have the opportunity to major in one of the three core areas or choose Dance in Technology or Dance in Film as a major area of study in Year 12.

CAFS in Stage 6 is an ATAR-based course which is designed to allow students to develop an understanding about society and the relationships formed within families and communities. The course focuses on developing skills in areas such as resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives and within their communities. Other units of study include: Research Methodology, Social Impact of Technology, Individuals and Work and Families and Communities.

SLR at Winmalee High School is studied as a 2 unit 1 year course in Year 11. It is a non-ATAR course. The course includes practical and theory components allowing students to develop knowledge and skills in a range of areas and reinforcing the importance of being physically active throughout life. Students are also encouraged through course content to take on supportive and administrative roles within their community through the study of modules which include Athletics, Fitness, Sports Administration, Resistance Training, Outdoor Recreation and First Aid.

Life Ready is designed to help senior students address issues of health, safety and wellbeing at a time when they face significant changes and challenges in their lives. Students are challenged to think and act beyond their current beliefs and behaviours. An emphasis on both knowledge and skills is crucial to support young people to make decisions and clarify their values and beliefs. Focus areas for Life Ready include Personal Identity, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Sexuality and Sexual Health, Drugs and Alcohol and Safe Travel.

The course also addresses strategies for safe partying, negotiating consent and ‘bubble soccer’ which adds an element of fun and connectedness. Life Ready gives students the opportunity to express themselves in small groups and ask questions openly in a safe environment.

Further information about PDHPE can be found at:

Stage 4 & 5    

Stage 6

Stage 6 Community and Family Studies