7-10 Health and Physical Education

Health, Physical Education and Sport at Thomastown Secondary College is concerned with helping young people to develop confidence in decision-making and taking action to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. This is achieved by educating in and about movement, and by using movement as the medium for fostering knowledge and capacities that will enhance the student’s personal development. Education about and through movement involves young people in activities that are significant culturally and as a source of personal knowledge.

The Health and Physical Education curriculum is designed to deliver three, broad-based outcomes through active participation in:

  1. Health Related Physical Activities: to increase an individual’s ability and desire to understand and participate in lifestyle activities that improve and maintain health
  2. Sports Related Physical Activities: to develop students physical, cognitive and social skills through active participation in sport and the various roles required in a sporting organisation
  3. Physical Activity Pathways: to provide a variety of pathways for employment in the Health, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Industries

Junior Health & PE

Students describe the key features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing. Students demonstrate skills to work collaboratively and play fairly. They access and interpret health information. They explain and apply strategies to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing at home, at school and in the community. They perform specialised movement skills and combine movement concepts and strategies to achieve movement outcomes and solve movement challenges.

Mid Health & PE

Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to situations in the home, in the school and the community. Students propose and evaluate interventions to improve fitness and physical activity levels in their communities. Students identify and analyse factors that contribute to respectful relationships. They apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies to new and challenging movement situations. They apply criteria to make judgments about and refine their own and others’ specialised movement skills and movement performances.

As a result of participation in the Health, Physical Education and Sport program, each child will develop into active and informed members of society, capable of managing the interactions between themselves and their social, cultural, organisational, physical and natural environments in the pursuit of lifelong involvement in physical activity, health and well-being. The knowledge and skills developed include:

  1. Physical skills, which will enable participation in a wide variety of activities.
  2. Physical fitness and soundly functioning body systems for an active life in their environment.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of physical and social skills, physical fitness, scientific principles of movement and the relationship of exercise to personal well-being.
  4. Social skills, which promote positive relationships with others.
  5. Attitudes and appreciations that will encourage participation in and enjoyment of physical activity, fitness, quality performance, positive self-concept and respect for others.
  6. Knowledge about nutrition, physical, social, emotional health of individuals, families and communities. Recognition of harms associated with particular situations and behaviours and how to take action to minimize these harms.
  7. Consideration of personal and community rights and responsibilities and the process of making informed decisions