Why study Physical Education?
Physical Education (PED) is an elective in the key learning area of the curriculum which reflects the dynamic and
multi-faceted nature of health and recognises the importance of physical activity in the lives of Australians. The
subject aims to develop active and informed individuals who are able to pursue andmaintain good personal health
within their social, cultural and physical environments.
Active participation in physical activity is a major emphasis in the subject and thus, the major proportion of class
time will involve students actively engaging in learning a range of physical activities.
What is studied in Physical Education?
The focus areas to be addressed, but are not limited to:
Food and nutrition
Health people, health communities
Participating and performing in games and sport
Equity and physical activities
Anatomy and biomechanics
Ethics and integrity
Energy, training and performance
Challenge and adventure activities
Games and sports
Lifelong physical activities
How are students assessed?
Students will undertake a range of assessment items during the course, with written tasks and physical tasks
contributing equally to the student's overall grade.
Health and Physical Education aims to develop leadership, fair play and cooperation across a range of movement
and health contexts. The students apply decisionmaking and problem solving skills when taking action to enhance
their own and others' health, safety and well-being. It provides a useful grounding for the study of Physical
Education in Years 11 and 12.