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.
At Springwood High School, the PDHPE faculty aims to promote student understanding of a broad range of personal and community health issues. We provide opportunities for participation in many sporting and recreational activities.
The Years 7-10 PDHPE program follows the Board of Studies curriculum and covers areas such as positive relationships, growth and development, risk taking and nutrition. Practical lessons take place in both the school and local community.
School facilities include two basketball courts, two cricket nets, two well-maintained ovals, a quadrangle and a sheltered court area.
Aquatic activities are often organised at the local Springwood Aquatic Centre. Year 7 students participate in an annual swim school at Lawson Pool.
Students who enjoy PDHPE also have the opportunity to choose electives in both the junior and senior school. Many Year 9 and 10 students opt to further their knowledge and practical skills through the Sports Science elective, while the 2 unit PDHPE course is one of the most popular senior courses.