Health and Physical Education at Timbertop encompasses sport education, fitness testing and evaluation, running technique analysis, personal development issues including harm minimisation, and basic human anatomy and physiology coupled with the body’s response to exercise. Students have four HPE lessons in a two week cycle with two of those lessons being practically based.

Over the course of the year students improve their co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills and their knowledge of game sense whilst participating in a broad range of activities. To further develop their physical capabilities we incorporate a range of exercises that enhance all areas of both skill-based and health-related fitness components. These activities include Waterpolo, Netball, Ultimate Frisbee, Lacrosse, Touch Football, Oztag and a range of modified games. 

The classroom-based health course begins with fitness testing and evaluation combined with the body’s response to exercise. In Term 2, the students learn about running technique which they then utilise in the Running Programme but also within an assessment piece in which they analyse a video of their own running technique. This is followed by students learning the basic anatomy and physiology of the various body systems. In Term 3 they look at how game sense coaching techniques are revolutionising the way athletes are trained and then the students create an animated PowerPoint presentation showcasing this knowledge. Students also learn about the importance of nutrition and then complete a nutritional analysis on some packaged food of their choice. Finally in Term 4, they begin to develop the skills to effectively deal with adversities, stress and decision making related to harm minimisation, using an online forum called Voicethread to answer a range of questions relating to the consumption of Alcohol in Australia. The subject exposes students to current information, a range of information technology and multimedia tools and resources, as well as the latest information and evidence in each topic.

1. Theory (50%)
2. Practical Participation (30%)
3. Practical Skills and Performance (20%)