Health and Physical Education

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
John F. Kennedy

St Margaret’s recognises the importance of physical activity in a student’s life and the significant role that regular and purposeful participation in the form of exercise plays in promoting health and wellbeing. The 21st century is also a time of rapid and continuous change with everyone’s health being affected by the social, cultural and physical environments in which they live. The philosophy of the Health and Physical Education Faculty is to foster an understanding that health is influenced by the actions of the individual and cultivate enthusiasm for lifelong participation in physical activity for all students.

Through Health and Physical Education, students learn to be:

  • life long, enthusiastic and active participants in physical and recreational activities
  • well informed, ‘health promoting’ decision makers
  • resilient and believe in the worth of their own abilities to reach their goals.

To develop these dispositions and skills students will:

  • acquire movement skills and apply rules, concepts, strategies and tactics to support participation in a wide range of physical contexts
  • utilise relevant biomechanical and training principles/concepts to evaluate their performances in a range of practical activities – ‘learning in, about and through physical education’
  • explore personal, social and community health issues to develop the knowledge and skills required to make appropriate and informed decisions about their own health and others
  • foster life skills related to safe participation, personal safety and protective/prevention behaviours in lifesaving, First Aid and self-defence.

Subjects in the Health and Physical Education Faculty

Years 7, 8 and 9 
Years 7 to 9 students participate in three lessons of HPE per week – two practical and one theory. They experience a variety of physical contexts to develop a very wide range of practical skills.

These units include:

  • creative expression through rhythmic gymnastics, cultural dances from around the world and the interpretation of ATSI stories into performances
  • a range of modified large and small ball games and activities
  • water games, synchronised swimming and lifesaving awards.

In theory lessons, students explore adolescent health issues and participate in learning experiences to enhance their personal development. Some of the issues include alcohol and drug use/misuse, sexual and mental health issues and healthy nutritional habits.

Year 10
Year 10 students have two lessons of sports science a week – 1 theory and 1 practical. Their participate in water polo, futsal/indoor soccer, tennis and dance each with a different theoretical focus:

  • Sociology of sport – dance
  • Energy systems and training principles – water polo
  • Motor Learning and skill acquisition – futsal/indoor soccer

This subject prepares students to study Year 11/12 Senior Physical Education in they would like to.

Year 11 and 12 Core Health and Physical Education
The focus of Health and Physical Education in Years 11 and 12 is to provide all students with a number of life skills whilst keeping them physically active and interested in participating in practical activities.

They will leave St. Margaret’s AGS with:

  • Royal Lifesaving Awards – Swim and Survive, Bronze Star and Bronze Medallion
  • Senior First Aid and C.P.R. Certificates
  • Self-defence award stressing women’s safety measures.

Year 11 and 12 Senior Physical Education
Senior Physical Education is an elective subject studied over Year 11 and 12 that provides students with an understanding of relevant body systems and the importance of these systems to movement and performance. Students apply their knowledge and understanding of energy systems and training principles to practical activities and participate in tennis/volleyball, dance, touch football and athletics over the two years.