St Andrew’s
Catholic College, Redlynch Valley

A P-12 College celebrating each individual; promoting excellence in learning and teaching; and fostering active community participation.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education (HPE) offers an engaging program that explores the human body, analyses movement patterns and promotes healthy, safe and active lifestyles. It provides a contemporary practical and theoretical curriculum that is relevant to today's society. 

In the Junior Years (Prep - Year 5):  Students will follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2016 we will be implementing Version 8 Australian Curriculum for Learning Areas. This rollout will be completed in 2017. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines.  Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Junior Years staff are responsible for the selection of the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can take place at all times.

For more detailed information about HPE in the Junior Years, please view the Junior Years handbook Junior Years Handbook

In the Middle Years (Years 6 - 9): Students transition from learning basic fine and gross motor skills to integrating complex movement patterns and skill specific sequences. They also learn how to evaluate personal and group performance and strategic awareness in defence and attacking plays. Students do this by using technology to appraise, analyse and enhance movement sequences and performances. In addition, students develop the skills and confidence to be creative in how they adapt and improvise their movements to respond to different movement situations, stimuli, environments and challenges.

The Health and Physical Education curriculum  focuses on the broader role students play in contributing to the health, safety and wellbeing of their local community in a 40 minute lesson. Integral to Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies that enable students to confidently and competently participate in a range of physical activities.
Movement and Physical activity students may partake in HPE lesson for 80 minutes; 

  • Court divided games – e.g. tennis and volleyball 
  • Striking and fielding games – e.g. cricket 
  • Rhythmic and expressive movement - e.g. Dance  
  • Invasion games – both end ball types ( e.g. touch); and target types (e.g. basketball) 

For more detailed information about HPE in the Middle Years, please view the Middle Years handbook Middle Years Handbook

In the Senior  Years (Years 10 -12)Health and Physical Education branches into a number of different subjects which coincide with a wide range of tertiary pathways; health education, physical education, recreation, sport science and Certificate III and IV in Fitness. These subjects allow students to refine and apply strategies for maintaining a positive outlook and evaluating behaviour expectations in a range of situations. Students learn to critically analyse and apply health and physical activity information to devise and implement personalised and community based plans for maintaining healthy and active habits.

Health Education 

Health Education acknowledges that students’ understanding of health needs to be developed from the personal to a wider, more altruistic perspective. Units of work cover personal, peer, family, community and specific populations’ health issues. As a consequence of studying Health Education, students can develop more sophisticated levels of knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to address health issues and play an active role in enhancing their own health and that of their community.

Physical Education

Physical Education focuses on the complex interrelationships between motor learning, psychology, sociology and other factors that influence individual and team physical performances. The course also focuses on the wider social attitudes to physical activity. Students learn to make judgments regarding their involvement in physical activity in a variety of roles, such as participant, spectator, official or observer. Through the use of personalisation, learning and assessment in Physical Education is contextualised and authentic.

Sports Science

Sports Science is a semester elective designed to expose students to the Fitness industry in preparation for Certificate III and IV in Fitness in Year 11 and 12. Students participate in a range of practical environments and learn the foundations of exercise prescription and sports medicine.


Recreation is a two year course undertaken over Year 10 and 11. It is suited to those looking to enter the Sport and Recreation and Adventure Based Tourism industries. It provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the challenge and fun of active participation in physical activity while developing beneficial vocational and life skills. The Recreation Study Area Specification does not count towards the students OP, however when completed over two years will provide four credit points towards the QCE.

For more detailed information about HPE in the Senior Years, please view the Senior Years handbook Senior Years Handbook


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