Faculties - PDHPE

Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is one of the key learning areas in all NSW School Curricula. The Syllabus is concerned with supporting the development of a person as a whole. Its implementation has the potential to contribute to improved and ongoing quality of life for all individuals within the community.

PDHPE contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practise ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life.
PDHPE involves students learning through movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, and improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts. It promotes the value of physical activity in their lives.

All faculty members encourage students to reach their potential in a safe learning environment. Each PDHPE teacher is actively involved in coaching successful sporting teams and coordinating lunchtime and before school fitness sessions in our comprehensive Fitness Lab.

 

Faculty Members

Mr John Lawson (HT)  john.lawson@det.nsw.edu.au
Miss Stephanie Primrose (Sports Coordinator)  stephanie.primrose@det.nsw.edu.au                

 Mr Nicholas Bower (Sports Coordinator and

Hunter Region Cricket Convenor)

 nicholas.bower@det.nsw.edu.au
 Mrs Sarah Gambrill (Dance Coordinator
and Yr 11 Advisor) 
 sarah.gambrill@det.nsw.edu.au
 Miss Lauren Gulliver  lauren.gulliver3@det.nsw.edu.au
 Miss Melanie Jones  melanie.jones12@det.nsw.edu.au
 Mr Henry Gore  henry.gore1@det.nsw.edu.au


  
PDHPE PROGRAMS


All 7 – 10 students have four PDHPE lessons in a two week cycle - two theory and two practical. Students receive a work booklet each term for their theory lessons and are expected to be appropriately dressed for each practical lesson.
 

Subjects offered

Electives in Stages 4 and 5

Year 8                
 So You Think You Can Dance | Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)


Year 9                 Dance
Outdoor Recreation Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)  


Year 10               Rugby League (new in 2017!)

Electives in Stage 6
Click on the link below to open more information about our Stage 6 courses. 

Years 11 & 12     Syllabus documents for the following courses:

                            PDHPE | Dance | Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR) | VET Sports Coaching





Year 8 Dance - “So You Think You Can Dance!”


Dance is both a practical and theoretical subject where students gain an understanding of dance as an art form. Students will be provided with opportunities to further develop their dance skills in the two core areas of performance and composition.


Main Topics Covered:

Performance – Dance technique and performance, safe dance practise, basic physiology of the human body, common causes / prevention and care of dance injury.

Composition – Exploration and improvisation, the elements of dance and choreographic skills a choreographer would consider as the foundation for the communication of an intent or idea within a dance work.

Particular Course Requirements:

Students will be required to wear a dance uniform for practical lessons. The dance uniform will consist of black dance pants (3/4 or full length), a plain black top and a black leotard for dance performances and assessment tasks for girls. Boys will require black shorts and a plain black top.

 


Year 8 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) 

This course is designed to give students interested in human movement, physical development and skill development, a basic insight into the body and how it functions in these areas. It also gives students an opportunity to experience some physical leisure and recreational activities, which are not possible with the PDHPE core course.
This course would appeal to any student interested in further study within the PDHPE area and also those who, at some time in the future, may become involved as a coach or participant of sporting and recreational activities.


Main Topics Covered:

• Olympic Games
• Body Systems
• Fitness Components and Testing
• Circuit Training
• Olympic Sports
• Softcrosse


Year 9 Dance

Course Description:
Dance is both a practical and theoretical subject where students gain an understanding of dance as an art form. Students will be provided with opportunities to further develop their dance skills in performance, composition and dance appreciation.

What will students learn about?
Preparing the body for dance, Arts as Stimulus, Musical Theatre, Jazz (Now and Then), Elements of Dance (Space, Time & Dynamics), Body Percussion, Safe Dance Practise, Cultural Dance and History of Dance

What will students learn to do?
Students learn the importance of safe dance practice. They develop performance quality and confidence through participation in various group and individual tasks and are provided various opportunities to showcase their performances.

Assessment:
Assessment will include both practical dance performances as well as theory elements throughout the year.

Additional Requirements:
Students will be required to wear a dance uniform for practical lessons. The dance uniform will consist of black dance pants (3/4 or full length) and a plain black top. A black leotard with also be required for dance performances and practical assessments.


Year 9 Outdoor Recreation

Course Description:
This course would appeal to any student interested in further study in PDHPE and Outdoor Recreation. It provides an excellent link with senior studies and for students interested in coaching or participating in recreational and sporting activities.

What will students learn about?
This course is designed to give students interested in Outdoor Recreation an opportunity to develop their skills, understandings and attitudes associated with safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation activities. Study of these areas aims to provide opportunities for developing leadership, techniques for group involvement, understandings about conservation, and methods employed to manage risk in outdoor recreation activities. At times the course will be physically demanding, which serves as an excellent source of health maintenance

What will students learn to do?
Students will learn the value of outdoor recreation , the technical skills and understandings needed for safe participation in outdoor recreation together with the impact of group dynamics on the outdoor experience and orienteering and navigational skills.

Assessment:
Typical course assessment tasks include laboratory reports, research reports, outdoor recreation skills testing and formal written examinations.

Additional Requirements:
Students must be prepared to be very physically active. Several excursions occur which involve costs for transport and venue hire. These costs are paid directly to the venues. An overnight excursion is also planned for Term 4.


Stage 5 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)


Course Description:
This course is designed to give students interested in human movement, physical development and skill development, a basic insight into the body and how it functions in these areas. At times the course will be physically demanding, which serves as an excellent source of health maintenance.

What will students learn about?
This course would appeal to any student interested in further study in PDHPE. It provides an excellent link with senior studies and for students interested in coaching or participating in recreational and sporting activities.

What will students learn to do?
Students will learn to do a variety of sports including orienteering and badminton. They will also learn first aid procedures, life saving techniques and about the value of nutrition on sport.

Assessment:
Typical course assessment tasks include laboratory reports, research reports, physical ability testing and formal written examinations.

Additional Requirements:
Students must be prepared to be very physically active. Several excursions occur which involve costs for venue hire. These costs are paid directly to the venues. Overnight excursions are also conducted in Term 4 for Year 9 and Term 3 for Year 10.


 

Download:
Stage_6_PDHPE_courses.pdf