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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 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. 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 selecting the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can occur.

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 to evaluate personal and group performance and strategic awareness in defence and attacking plays. Students use technology to appraise, analyse and enhance movement sequences and performances. In addition, students develop the skills and confidence to be creative in adapting and improvising 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 various 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 and Softball
  • Rhythmic and expressive movement - e.g. Dance
  • Invasion games – both end ball types ( e.g. Touch Football, Netball, Basketball; and
  • Target games (e.g. Golf, Archery and Bocce)

In the Senior Years (Years 10 -12): Health and Physical Education branches into several subjects that coincide with a wide range of tertiary pathways; health education, physical education, recreation, sport science and Certificate III in Fitness. These subjects allow students to refine and apply strategies for maintaining a positive outlook and evaluating behaviour expectations in various 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 knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to address health issues and play an active role in enhancing their 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 toward physical activity. Students learn to judge their involvement in physical activity in various roles, such as participant, spectator, official or observer. Through personalisation, learning and assessment in Physical Education are contextualised and authentic.

Sports Science

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

Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation is a two-year course undertaken over Years 11 and 12. 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 and outdoor education while developing beneficial vocational and life skills. The Recreation Study Area Specification does not count towards ATAR; however, when completed over two years will provide four credit points towards the QCE.

2022 Term Dates


Term 1 25 Jan - 1 Apr 10
Term 2 19 Apr - 24 Jun 10
Term 3 11 Jul - 16 Sep 10
Term 4 4 Oct - 2 Dec 9

2023 Term Dates


Term 1 24 Jan - 31 Mar 10
Term 2 17 Apr - 23 Jun 10
Term 3 10 Jul - 15 Sep 10
Term 4 3 Oct - 1 Dec 9

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