Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) at Sylvania High School contributes to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of students by providing an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active. Our PDHPE programs are contextualised to reflect the diverse needs of students within the school and the learning experiences provide students with the foundations to lead and promote healthy, safe and active lives.



PDHPE is a mandatory subject that develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for students to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in a variety of contexts. Physical education is fundamental to the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities.


There are 3 key content strands explored in this course:


Health, wellbeing and relationships:

Students focus on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills important for building respectful relationships, enhancing personal strengths and exploring personal identity to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.


Movement skill and performance:

Students focus on active participation in a broad range of movement contexts to develop movement skill and enhance performance.


Healthy, safe and active lifestyles:

Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to empower them to make healthy and safe choices and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities.


PASS is an elective subject where students broaden their understanding of physical activity and the contribution it has to individual, community and societal wellbeing. This course aims to enhance students’ capacity to participate in lifelong physical activity, leading to an improved quality of life for themselves and others.



Foundations of physical activity:

Students analyse the role of body systems, physical fitness, nutrition and safety, and apply their knowledge and understanding when participating and performing in various movement contexts.


Physical activity and sport in society:

Students demonstrate a broad understanding of the historical, social and cultural factors that have shaped contemporary views of physical activity and sport in Australia


Enhancing participation and performance:

Students engage in a variety of learning opportunities to develop strategies and techniques to develop movement skills and enhance their capacity to participate and perform.


Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) is a board-developed course that provides students with the opportunity to learn about a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. In this course, students develop the capacity to think critically about key issues related to health and physical activity in order to make informed decisions that support and contribute to health, active lifestyles and communities.


SLR is a content endorsed course where students learn about the importance of adopting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. This course features a highly practical focus where students develop knowledge and skills in a range of sport and recreational pursuits. SLR supports students in developing a commitment to, and capacity for, lifelong learning in this area.