Sylvania High School PDHPE mission statement is to provide meaningful educational opportunities by:

  • Contributing to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students.
  • Encouraging students to learn about and practise ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active lifestyle.
  • Promoting the value of physical activity.
  • Developing movements, skills and confidence in both challenging and enjoyable environments.
  • Fostering a positive approach in students to manage their lives and equipping them with skills for current and future challenges.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a mandatory subject that develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes important for students to take positive action to protect and enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts. Physical education is fundamental to the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively.


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- Physical Activity and Sports Studies.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies is an elective subject where students develop a broad understanding of physical activity and the many possible contexts in which individuals can build activity into their lifestyle to improve health and wellbeing. It incorporates a wide range of lifelong physical activities, including recreational, leisure and adventure pursuits, competitive and non-competitive games, and individual and group physical fitness activities. There are 3 key elements explored in this course:


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.

Stage 6 PDHPE is an integrated area of study that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It involves students learning about and practising ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their health status. It is also concerned with social and scientific understandings about movement, which lead to enhanced movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives.

This syllabus focuses on a social view of health where the principles of diversity, social justice and supportive environments are fundamental aspects of health. The examination of individual, family and community values and beliefs and the sociocultural and physical environments in which we live provides an explanation for health status and sustainable solutions for better health.

Scientific aspects to be studied include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and skill acquisition. These areas of study prepare students to be informed participants in movement culture, skilled, intelligent performers and analysts of movement.