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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

Personalising Pathways

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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.

Hunter Sports High School's Personal Development, Health and Physical Education faculty is staffed by enthusiastic teachers who are committed to helping all students achieve to their potential. 

Our programs focus on giving students the knowledge and skills required to develop lifelong health habits, promote active lifestyles, enhance personal development and wellbeing as well as maximise movement potential through a range of fun, engaging and challenging practical activities.

In addition to the mandatory PDHPE curriculum for Years 7-10, we also offer a range of electives in Stages 5 & 6 that allow students to pursue interests in sport, coaching, health and recreation which can support future study or career pathways.

Stage 5 Electives:

  • Physical Activity & Sport Studies (PASS)
  • VET Certificate II Sports Coaching
  • Child Studies
  • VET Certificate II in Sports Coaching (Year 10 only)

Stage 6 Electives:

  • Sport Lifestyle and Recreation
  • VET Certificate II Sports Coaching (This is a Board endorsed course. Completion will see students achieve a qualification - Certificate II - in sports coaching)
  • Community and Family Studies (CAFS)
  • VET Certificate III in Fitness

The PDHPE faculty also delivers the mandatory Stage 6 'Crossroads' program in Year 11. This program is a compulsory course aimed at education around the issues of drug use and relationships. At Hunter Sports High School, we provide our students the opportunity to explore these issues and build relationships through our annual Year 11 snow trip. This has proven to be a successful and rewarding school experience that the PDHPE faculty at Hunter Sports High will endeavour to sustain.