Personal development, health and physical education
Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.
According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6.
PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.
The subject of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is based on a broad notion of health. It encompasses all aspects of an individual's wellbeing, inclusive of social, mental, physical and spiritual health.
Students develop the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes that will enable them to adopt and lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Students are also involved in major health priorities such as student physical activity and fitness, child protection education and drug education.