Kogarah High School


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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.

PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.

The PDHPE faculty at Kogarah High School concentrates on delivering quality education through ensuring students meet the outcomes of each of the courses in years 7-12.

Our aim is for the students to reach their potential whilst enjoying 'state of the art' sporting facilities at Kogarah High School. 

Faculty aims/objectives

At Kogarah High School, the aim is to develop and implement PDHPE programmes which will enable students to:

  • Become socially responsible students by gaining the relevant knowledge and skills to deal with life’s challenges
  • Participate actively in exercise and develop life long skills that will support a healthy lifestyle.

Faculty structure

PDHPE is studied by all students from Years 7-10. The students cover all syllabus outcomes throughout this four year period.

Elective courses

Year 9-10 PASS (Physical Activity and Sport Studies)

This course is offered as an elective course for students in Years 9-10. It is suited to students who have a love of sport or are interested in a career path within the wider field of sport. It extends the students knowledge, understanding and skills from the mandatory PDHPE course.

Topics studied can include:
European Handball, Gaelic Football, Coaching Ultimate Frisbee Disability and sport Outdoor Recreation (Ski Trip) Body Systems and Sport Issues in sport, Australia's Sporting Identity

Year 9-10 Child Studies

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and skills relating to the development and wellbeing of children, focusing on the critical early years of life. This is an excellent choice for students who are interested in a career working with children, whether it be in the education industry or health industry.

Topics studied can include:
Preparing for Parenthood, Conception to Birth, Family Interactions, Newborn Care, Growth and Development, Play and the Developing Child, Health and Safety in Childhood, Food and Nutrition.

Year 11 and Year 12 Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR)

This course is for students who want to maintain an active lifestyle and extend their skills throughout their senior school years. It extends the knowledge gained in the PASS course, but it is not essential that students have completed this course. There is a large practical component that provides the opportunity for students to further develop their sporting prowess.

Topics studied can include:
Outdoor Recreation (3 Day Camp) Sports Administration Coaching Resistance Training/ Fitness Sports Applications Aquatics

Year 11-12 PDHPE (Personal Development and Physical Education)

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore in detail such topics as Sports Medicine, First Aid, Outdoor Recreation, Sports Psychology and Physiology. It looks at Australia's health and related health concerns. It is for students who have a desire to further their interest and knowledge in health and human movement. This course provides a great stepping stone for students wishing to pursue a career in: PDHPE Teaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Administration, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Exercise Science and Personal Training, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Health Science.

Year 11-12 Community and Family Studies (CAFS)

This course offers the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the diversity of families and communities in Australia. Students will study a range of topics including resource management, individuals and groups, families and communities, research methodology, groups in context and parenting and caring. Students will develop essential research skills through the completion of an Independent Research Project (IRP) that will also develop valuable analysis and communication skills. This subject is an excellent option for students wishing to work in education and training, health care and social assistance, and public administration and safety.

Student requirements

  • Years 7-11 Kogarah High School PE uniform for all Practical lessons

Extracurricular activities

The following excursions are a formal component throughout the various courses:

  • Year 11 PD and Year 12 SLR: First Aid course that incorporates a Senior First Aid Certificate.
  • Aquatics Excursion

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