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Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.
  • Sport Coaching

PDHPE at Heathcote High

Year 7-10 PDHPE (Stages 4 & 5)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a mandatory course that is studied in each of Years 7–10 with at least 300 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. This is a requirement for eligibility for the award of the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

PDHPE develops students' capacity to enhance personal health and well-being. It promotes their enjoyment of and commitment to an active lifestyle and to achieve confidence and competence in a wide range of physical activities.

Year 9/10 (Stage 5) PDHPE Elective

Physical activity & Sports Studies

Physical Activity and Sports Studies promotes learning about movement and provides students with opportunities to develop their movement skills, analyse movement performance and assist the performance of others. This course provides students with a broad understanding of the multifaceted nature of these fields. 

Years 11-12 (Stage 6)

Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation (SLR)

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation enables Stage 6 students to build upon their learning in Years K–10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Specifically, it focuses on those aspects of the learning area that relate most closely to participation in sport and physical activity.

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation makes a positive contribution to the total wellbeing of students. They develop knowledge and understanding of the value of activity, increased levels of movement skill, competence in a wide variety of sport and recreation contexts and skills in planning to be active. These and other aspects of the course enable students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle. 

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (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 practicing 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.

 Community & Family Studies (CAFS)

This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities. CAFS is taught by both our Home Economics and PDHPE faculties.

 Life Ready

Life Ready is a mandatory 25-hour program for students in Years 11 and/or 12 in NSW public schools. This program is delivered to Year 11 students at HHS students at a 3 day camp at the end of Term 3.

The program aims to build students’ sense of empowerment and respect for themselves and others.

Life Ready helps senior students address issues of health, safety and wellbeing at a time when they face significant changes and challenges in their lives. It aims to prepare and support students as they encounter situations related to identity, independence and their changing responsibilities.