Years 7-10 Health & Physical Education

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In Years 7-10 the Health and Physical Education at Ashdale Secondary College focuses on the development of a healthy active lifestyle for all students. The learning and teaching program allow students to learn and achieve the essential knowledge, attitudes and values and skills in an interrelated manner to enable them to be positive participants within their community and a positive contributor to their own health and well being.

Health Education

In Health Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to make decisions and take action to strengthen their sense of personal identity and autonomy, build resilience, manage risk and develop satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to take a critical approach to questioning physical activity and health practices and to use inquiry skills to research factors that influence the health, safety, wellbeing, and physical activity patterns of themselves, individuals, groups and communities. As students grow and mature, they learn to access, analyse and apply a variety of resources for the benefit of themselves and the communities to which they belong.

Physical Education

With the development of skills, students are able to participate competently and confidently in physical activities such as games, sports and other active recreation. In Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 there will be a focus on developing the skills, tactics and strategies of Netball for girls and Soccer for boys, providing the opportunity for students to become competent participants, coaches and referees, as well as engaging with the wider community in inter-school sporting competitions. The remaining units that form the learning and teaching program ensure that in each year that students have the opportunity to experience and develop skills in invasion, striking/fielding and net sports.

Year 10

As an option in Year 10, students have the opportunity to select General Physical Education (as above), Certificate I in Sport, Fitness and Recreation – Outdoor Education or Sports Science (General/Netball/Soccer).

Certificate I in Sport and Recreation – Outdoor Education

Through interaction with the natural world, Certificate I in Outdoor Recreation aims to develop an understanding of our relationships with the environment, others and ourselves. The Certificate I in Outdoor Recreation course focuses on outdoor activities in a range of environments, including snorkelling, orienteering, climbing and mountain biking. It provides students with an opportunity to develop essential life skills and physical activity skills, and an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the environment and develop a positive relationship with nature.

PLEASE NOTE: Early enrolment into Outdoor Education pathways is essential as there can be factors in Senior School which could limit students from joining the course in the future. In Year 9 students who are thinking of choosing an ATAR pathway must choose Certificate 1 in Outdoor Recreation to continue on into Certificate 2 in Year 11. If students are choosing a GENERAL pathway then the Year 11/12 General Outdoor Education pathways are available to them. For further information regarding this please contact the Physical Education Head of Learning Area on email at

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Sports Science – General / Netball / Soccer

The Sport Science course delves into the science behind the sporting domain and throughout the course, emphasis is placed on understanding and improving performance in physical activities. This course focuses on developing skills and performance in various sports, along with an understanding of physiological, anatomical and skill learning applications. This course is ideally suited to those students that may be considering Physical Education studies in Year 11 and 12. This course offers the continuation of the Netball and Soccer Academy (Sport Science-Netball, Sport Science-Soccer respectively) and current Academy students are encouraged to select this course in year 10.  Students who are not currently in either Academy, but are possibly interested in a career in Sport Science, are encouraged to select the Sport Science-General course.  This course runs over 4 sessions a week, where theoretical aspects are covered in one theory session and three sessions are based on practical performance and integrating the theory components.