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Personal development, health and physical education

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

The PDHPE at Queanbeyan High School

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education develops lifelong positive attitudes to health and well-being. There is particular focus on:

  1. Individual and community health- this includes mental health, road safety, drug use, healthy eating and sexual health.
  2. Movement skills and Performance- developing and building basic skills for movement
  3. Self and Relationships- awareness of and skill building around self-esteem, resilience, managing change, communication, seeking support and respectful relationships
  4. Lifelong Physical Activity- working towards achieving a balanced lifestyle, fitness benefits and recreational pursuits.

Post school Opportunities: PDHPE and Sport is a viable pathway of study into the physical fitness and allied health industry. There is a projected shortage of skilled workers in this industry for the region in coming years.

Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)

Curriculum is divided into stages. Stage 4 which includes Year 7 and 8 undertake a mandatory course developed by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. Students will have a variety of lessons in a classroom or active participation in sport.

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.

Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)

Curriculum in Year 9 and 10 has both a mandatory PDHPE course and non-mandatory courses which students may elect to undertake.

Electives in stage 5 include:

  • Sports Academy  
  • P.A.S.S.
  • Dance

Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)

Year 11 and 12 students may elect to undertake a range of courses that lead to careers or university courses in professional sporting codes, physical therapy, Health, Allied sports support professionals, personal training, fitness centre management and events management.

Courses offered include:

  • 2 Unit PDHPE
  • 2 Unit SLR
  • 2 Unit Dance
  • Sports Coaching – Vocational Education and Training Course: Australian Qualification Framework

Sporting opportunities

Queanbeyan High School actively encourages and supports all students to engage and participate in a range of sporting teams and physical activities. Active participation leads to strong healthy bodies and relationships. Neuroscience demonstrates clear links between exercise and cognition skills.

There are many opportunities for students to participate in non-competitive and competitive sports throughout the year. Sport is integrated across the timetable for years 7 through to 10.

Regular Sporting events include:

  • Swimming Carnival
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Cross Country Carnival
  • Special Sporting Events and programs
  • Rock and Water
  • Pink Stumps day
  • NAIDOC Sports Day
  • End of year Sports Day
  • Merit sport excursion – Mud run, water parks
  • Competitive sports
  • CHS Cricket – Girls and Boys
  • CHS Rugby League and League tag-  Girls and Boys
  • CHS Rugby Union- Girls and Boys
  • CHS Australian Football League - trials for representation at regional level.
  • CHS Soccer – Girls and Boys
  • CHS Basketball- Girls and Boys
  • CHS Netball - Girls

In sports where we do not have sufficient interest to enter our own team, we collaborate with other high schools to enter combined teams.

Individuals that wish to play a sport not offered as a team at the school are supported to trial for zone and regional teams.

Elite individual sportspersons are supported through exemptions to participate in elite training and competition.

Social and community sporting opportunities are also advertised on QHS Facebook

PDHPE teachers

Ms Lindsey Perry (Head Teacher)

Mr Josh Sands

Mrs Lauren Trounce

Ms Brooke Wilcox

Ms Angelica Pahina

Ms Lauren Stevens