Health and Physical Education

Students learn about their physical and mental capabilities, and those of others, through participation in physical and theoretical activities. The activities are designed to improve physical fitness and skills, and promote self-esteem and a sense of wellbeing. Health and Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and skills to become healthy, active citizens. The areas of study include holistic health education, relationship education, nutrition and drug education, risk taking and decision making, mental health education and sports skills and fitness development.

Those classes involving practical activities are usually held outdoors, at off-site venues or in the Savio Centre. Year 7 to 10 Health and Physical Education is a core subject and is therefore compulsory for all students.

Sport Science

This is a two year course which can be chosen as an elective in Years 9 and/or 10. This is a highly academic, theory based subject which provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects of sport. Area of study includes: body systems, psychology, drugs in sport, energy systems, sports nutrition, biomechanics, sports injuries and first-aid.

Athletic Development

This is an elective subject in Years 9 and/or 10 and is a highly practical course. Students who choose this subject need to be highly motivated and committed to improving their own individual sporting performance. Students will learn about the factors which affect sporting performance and will work to improve all components of fitness through a variety of training methods.

Adventure Recreation

The main focus of this subject is to engage students in practical based Outdoor/Adventure recreational style activities and sports. It emphasises the participation of students in individual and group activities and the development of technical skills and self-motivation. Students will have the opportunity to develop initiative through participation in a variety of outdoor pursuits which include surfing, mountain biking, kayaking (flat, sea and white water), sailing, rock climbing and abseiling. The Duke of Edinborough award will be incorporated into this elective giving students the opportunity to develop leadership, organisational and time management skills. The course will include some camps throughout the year. This is a one year course that can be studied in either Year 9 or Year 10.