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Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
and Wilderness Studies

The PDHPE courses are aimed at developing students’ capacity to enhance personal health and well-being, enjoy an active lifestyle, maximise movement potential and advocate lifelong health and physical activity. PDHPE is a core subject for Year 7 to 10 students, and a subject choice for students in Years 11 and 12 at Chevalier College.

Stage 4

In Years 7-8 PDHPE learning builds on the skills developed in PDHPE K–6. Students need to be taught key understandings and processes that relate to the skills at a level of sophistication appropriate to their stage of development.

Games and activities develop skills to:

  • communicate effectively
  • make informed decisions
  • interact positively with others in groups and teams
  • move with competence and confidence in a range of contexts
  • devise and implement plans to achieve goals
  • solve problems creatively.

Stage 5

Course Objectives

  • to enhance sense of self, improve their capacity to manage challenging circumstances and develop caring and respectful relationships
  • to move with confidence and competence, and contribute to the satisfying and skilled performance of others
  • to take actions to protect, promote and restore individual and community health
  • to participate in and promote enjoyable lifelong physical activity
  • to develop and apply the skills that enable them to adopt and promote healthy and active lifestyles
  • to value health-enhancing behaviours that contribute to active, enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyles
  • to develop a willingness to participate in creating and promoting healthy and supportive communities and environments
  • to develop a commitment to principles that promote social justice.

Stage 6

The Preliminary course examines a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. This includes how people think about health and physical activity, the management of personal health and the basis for how the body moves. Students have the opportunity to select from a range of practical options in areas such as first aid, outdoor recreation, composing and performing and fitness choices.

In the HSC course, students focus on major issues related to Australia’s health status. They also look at factors that affect physical performance. They undertake optional study from a range of choices. This includes investigating the health of young people or of groups experiencing health inequities. In other options, students focus on improved performance and safe participation by learning about advanced approaches to training or sports medicine concepts. There is also an opportunity to think critically about the factors that impact on sport and physical activity in Australian society.


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