Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.
According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.
PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.
In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:
- Community and Family Studies
- Exploring Early Childhood
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.
Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) faculty at Ashfield Boys High School aims to contribute significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the students. All staff in the PDHPE faculty are committed to providing students with the tools to have an active and balanced lifestyle both inside and outside considers of the classroom. We utilise a variety of facilities within and available to the school to provide a dynamic and challenging environment that provides students the opportunity to grow with competence and confidence in various educational contexts.
The PDHPE teaching staff at Ashfield aim to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to confidently approach their lives as well as promoting positive health and movement outcomes for themselves and their peers. We strive to provide comprehensive and in-depth coverage of each area of the syllabus for compulsory study of PDHPE in stages 4 and 5. We also offer physical activities and sports science in year 9 and 10 and sports lifestyle and recreation year 11 and 12 as elective subjects for those students particularly interested in developing their understanding of sports, training and coaching. There is also an opportunity for students to continue their studies of PDHPE in stage 6 where students are taught to develop their critical inquiry and research skills in relation to both the physiological and psychological workings of the human body.
We aim to provide all students with the opportunity to maximise their learning through the application of a wide range of pedagogy. Our facility uses a cross-curriculum approach to teaching allowing for all learners to be individually catered for in our comprehensive approach and promote the importance of literacy. Our students use a range of technologies such as internet based learning initiatives, interactive white boards, audio and video resources.
Our faculty is also proud to continue its elite sporting program since its inception in 2014, this program has aimed to provide yet another avenue for students to further their sporting prowess. Twice a week selected students participate in fitness and strength based training as well as sports specific training as a part of ESP. This program is open for all students to trial for. We at Ashfield Boys High School work tirelessly to provide an inclusive environment, both on the sporting field and classroom. All staff members of the PDHPE faculty are experienced and enthusiastic sports people who are approachable and more than willing to assist all students by offering them guidance and support.
The PDHPE Department.