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Health and Physical Education

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David Kuchler
Head of Department

Students playing indoor sports.

Subjects

Middle school

  • Health and Physical Education
  • Extension Health and Physical Education (Year 9)

Senior school

  • Physical Education
  • Recreation Studies 

Middle and Senior school excellence programs

  • Tennis School of Excellence
  • Golf School of Excellence
  • Football School of Excellence

Special features and programs

HPE

All students from Prep to year 9 study HPE each week. Throughout their course of study, the students engage in a wide variety of invasion games, individual and team games, indirect interceptive (or net games), aesthetic and performance sports. Students learn a variety of new skills and apply them to games, as well as considering tactics and decision making.  HPE also includes the study of various theory topics, including sun safety, risk taking and decision making, nutrition, human body systems, training programs, relationship education, and sociology of sport.

Extension HPE

In year 9, students are offered an additional subject called Extension HPE. This subject is targeted to prepared students for the senior subject of Physical Education. Throughout the year, students look at various sports and their associated skills and tactics in far more depth than the core HPE subject. The theory components also lay foundations for the senior subject through both the content covered, and the specific assessment genres.

Physical Education

Physical Education aims to create intelligent performers, who are physically educated. This means the students will be able to critically reflect on their performances, and understand the ways to create the ideal performance. They will also look at the factors that influence performance, including skill acquisition, biomechanics, sport psychology, energy systems and training programs, and sociocultural influences on participation. Physical Education is available to students from years 10 to 12, and is an Authority Subject (contributes to OP).

Recreation studies

Recreation Studies offers students a pathway into working in sports, fitness and outdoor recreation industries. In recreation, students from years 10-12 study fitness and training, camping, rocking climbing and abseiling, navigation and orienteering, pioneering, international games, tournament and event organisation, coaching and initiative games. Recreation Studies provides students with a range of interpersonal and organisational skills relevant to working in a group or team. Recreation Studies is an Authority Registered Subject, and as such contributes to QCE points. It contains a high degree of physical activity throughout the course.

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Last reviewed 28 November 2018
Last updated 28 November 2018