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Year 7-10 personal development, health and physical education

Course Description

All students in Years 7 - 10 complete the compulsory PDHPE program over a mandatory 300 hour program. The course has been designed to provide students with a clear and insightful understanding of the NSW Board of Studies syllabus.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practise ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. It also involves students learning through movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, and improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts. It promotes the value of physical activity in their lives.

This syllabus reflects the multidimensional nature of health and physical activity in the context of a diverse and changing society. Young people need to respond to factors such as complex community values, new technologies, media influence, environmental concerns and changing family structures and employment patterns. Learning in PDHPE develops in students the knowledge and skills needed to understand and enhance their interactions and interpersonal relationships in ways that promote positive health and movement outcomes for themselves and others. Learning in PDHPE also significantly contributes to students' health and wellbeing through the development of personal values based on an understanding of ethical and spiritual considerations.

PDHPE provides the opportunity for young people to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. The issues that affect young people include physical activity, mental health, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, supportive relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination. Health issues that have the potential to appear in later life are also relevant due to their relationship to lifestyle patterns established in adolescent years and the possibility that they may impact on family and other significant adults in students' lives.


  • Better Health
  • Relationships
  • Risk Reduction
  • Decisions, Decisions
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Invasion Games
  • Boot Camp
  • Net/Court Games
  • Unique Games
  • Striking Games
  • Target Games

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus can be viewed at the NSW Education Standards Authority