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.
PDHPE at Marsden High School
Marsden High School's Personal Development, Health and Physical Education faculty provides exciting and engaging subjects that offer students diverse learning opportunities and fulfils the needs of all students.
Our staff are highly experienced and are committed to the learning of all students. With diverse backgrounds in physical education, sports science, coaching, health promotion, health science, technology and of course education, our programs offer diversification and are specifcally designed to cater for the needs of our students.
Curricular programs are well supported by relevant and current resources from a variety of sources and engage students in their learning. Students join online learning facilities such as Edmodo and are encouraged to refine their literacy skills and understanding of key concepts through blogging and podcasts.
Practical programs are inclusive and are aimed at developing skills and improving performance. Theory and practical modules are integrated to ensure students recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle and participation in lifelong phyical activity.
Extra-curricular activities are an important part of growth and development as they often can provide a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our PDHPE faculty offers a wide range of exciting opportunities including:
- Trips to Thredbo Ski Resort
- Talented sports program
- Learn to swim program (curricular in Years 7-8)
- Coaching accreditation
- Professional coaching at Homebush Olympic Park in a variety of sports
- Surf school
- Plus many others
Explore this site and follow the links to find out more detailed information about our PDHPE faculty, the subjects offered, our achievements and our experienced staff.
The following subjects are currently offered by the PDHPE department at Marsden Hgh School. Please click on the links below to view each course in more detail.
- Year 7 to 10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Year 9 to 10 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (Elective Course)
- Year 9 to 10 Dance (Elective Course)
- Year 11 to 12 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (2 Unit HSC Course)
- Year 11 to 12 Community and Family Studies (2 Unit HSC Course)