HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students attend one Health and one Physical Education class each week for the duration of the year.
Through the study of Health and Physical Education students will learn that a range of factors influence health and physical activity values, behaviours and actions. These factors include individual, interpersonal, organisational, community, environmental and policy influences. Students will also develop an understanding that health practices and physical activity participation are, in part, socially constructed. These subjects aim to increase the health and physical literacy of our students.
Health literacy is defined as the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health. Students will investigate a range of health issues relevant to young people including mental health, sexual health, healthy eating, personal safety, body image and behaviours associated with substance use. As they do so, students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills (such as early help-seeking strategies, assertive behaviours, conflict resolution, emergency care and first aid management skills) to appropriately respond to a range of situations where their own or others’ wellbeing may be at risk.
Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to maintain physical activity throughout life. Our Physical Education classes provide students with experiences in traditional and non-traditional sporting and recreational activities. Students will investigate techniques to assess the quality of movement performances and use a range of tools to appraise, analyse and enhance their performances such as movement analysis, visualisation, practice and feedback techniques. They will look at how the musculo-skeletal and energy systems underpin different activities and how to optimise these systems for safe and improved performances.