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Hornsby Girls High School

Hornsby Girls High School

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Course Information

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) department contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students.

We aim to provide opportunities for students to learn about, and practise ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. Our PDHPE syllabus places an emphasis on 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.

PDHPE at Hornsby Girls High School provides opportunities for the students to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. The issues that affect young people include physical activity, mental health, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, supportive relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination. Health issues that have the potential to appear in later life are also relevant due to their relationship to lifestyle patterns established in adolescent years and the possibility that they may impact on family and other significant adults in students' lives.

Subjects Studied

Year 7

2 Periods of P.E
1 Period of Health

Ball Skills
Year 8

2 Periods of P.E
1 Period of Health

Year 9

1 Period of P.E
1 Period of Health

Year 10

2 Periods of P.E
1 Period of Health

Year 11

Preliminary Course


Core Strands

Better Health for Individuals (30%)

The Body in Motion (30%)                              


Fitness Choices (20%)

First Aid (20%)



Year 12

HSC Course

Core Strands

Health Priorities in Australia (30%)

Factors Affecting Performance (30%)


Fitness Choices (20%)

First Aid (20%)


Internet Links

NSW Office of Drug Policy
The NSW Office of Drug Policy's information web site links to a wide range of web information sources on illicit drugs.

Australian Broadcasting Commission
This site is based on the television series on drugs produced by the Quantum program. it provides factual information on nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy.

National Alcohol Campaign website
This interactive site contains a range of alcohol-related information such as how alcohol affects your health and behaviour, and laws relevant to NSW.

Anti-smoking website
This is designed in consultation with Quit SA, Smarter than Smoking - WA and Quit Victoria. It is an informative web site for young people. It contains information on contents of cigarettes, frequently asked questions, facts and fallacies about smoking and other material on cigarettes and smoking.

Australian Sports Drug Agency
Infomration concerning drug use in sport can be found on this site. It includes an up-to-date list of prohibited substances and drug testing guidelines.

Western Australian Government
This web site is intended to educate and provide facts and statistics about drugs.

Queensland Government
This web site targets young people, and included infomrtaion on:
- Party Safe: suggestions for parties so they will be safe
- Party Tips: Things to think about before, during and after the party
- Food ideas: Suggested recipes
- Drink ideas: Non-alcoholic drink recipes and things to think about or do if drinking alcohol.

Quit Now - The National Tobacco Campaign
A visually interesting web site that provides extensive and sometimes visually challenging images of damage done tot he body as a result of tobacco use. It contains extensive links to related tobacco and drug web sites.

Australian Drug Foundation
Information on types of drugs commonlyy used and their physical and psychological affects on the body are provided in detail on this site.

This interactive web site for young people contains personal stories, questions and answers and interactive and supports networks.