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Hornsby Girls High School

Hornsby Girls High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

Course information

The 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 

Two periods of physical education (PE); One period of health

Year 8

Two periods of PE; One period of health

Year 9

One periods of PE; One period of health

Year 10

Two periods of PE; One period of health

Year 11 course

Core strands: Better health for individuals (30%), The body in motion (30%)

Options: Fitness choices (20%), First Aid (20%)

Year 12 HSC course

Core strands: Health priorities in Australia (30%), Factors affecting performance (30%)

Options: Fitness choices (20%), First Aid (20%)

Internet links

The Anti-smoking website is designed in consultation with Quit SA, Smarter than Smoking - WA and Quit Victoria. It is an informative website 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.

The Australian Sports Drug Agency website provides Information concerning drug use in sport. It includes an up-to-date list of prohibited substances and drug testing guidelines.