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Smith's Hill High School

Smith's Hill High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

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.

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Through the study of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education courses, students develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes needed to take 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.


Stage 5 - Years 9 & 10 - Electives - course information

Event Management – PASS 1 

Coaching and Leadership – PASS 2 

Improving Performance – PASS 3 

Advanced Planning – PASS 4


Senior study

In year 11 and 12 we offer the PDHPE course which is primarily a theory based course, studying not only the state of health in Australia but also investigating factors that affect an athlete's performance, giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to improve their own performance. To supplement the ‘Outdoor Recreation' option in year 11 students are offered the opportunity to take part in a ski camp, applying their theory studies to a practical situation.


Other opportunities

Opportunities are provided for students to compete at a variety of levels in sport at Smith's Hill High School. All students are expected to attend the swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals at a school level and if successful can go on to compete up to NSW State level. Our school is very active in knockout competitions and have experienced much success within the South Coast region. Students are also encouraged to try out for all Zone and South Coast Representative teams.