Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is an integrated area of study that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It involves students learning about and practising ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their health status. It is also concerned with social and scientific under standings about movement, which lead to enhanced movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives.

Young people are growing up in a world of rapid change. Expanding technologies, new social structures, shifting community values and emerging environmental issues are complex interrelated factors that affect the way individuals live their lives. At a time when there is tremendous opportunity for good health there are numerous conflicting influences on lifestyle.

It should be a goal of every individual to lead a fulfilled life that is active and healthy. Furthermore, it is desirable to be a part of a society that promotes this as a key value and supports its members in leading healthy lifestyles.

In order for students to enhance personal growth and to make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of others, this course area focuses on the health of individuals and communities and the factors that influence movement skill and physical activity levels.

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Community and Family Studies

Community and Family Studies can have a direct and positive influence on the quality of students’ lives both now and in the future . During the school years, students are confronted with an awareness of their emerging identity as young women and young men. Community and Family Studies investigates the unique contributions of individuals, groups, families and communities in the development of effective social structures. It encourages opportunities for students to become proactive members of society as they examine both their potential to adopt a range of roles and the responsibilities they have in contributing to society.

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Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

This course focuses on a social view of health where the principles of diversity, social justice and supportive environments are fundamental aspects of health. The examination of individual, family and community values and beliefs and the sociocultural and physical environments in which we live provides an explanation for health status and sustainable solutions for better health.

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Latest Personal Development, Health And Physical Education News

Wednesday April 5 2017

Xavier Sports Wrap Term 1 2017

Wow, what a jam packed term we have had at Xavier regarding sport! Students have had opportunities across several sports to represent the school with some notable results. Here is a quick breakdown of what sports have taken place so far:   Swimming BISSA Swimming saw a depleted team compete gallantly with several students qualifying […]

Monday December 12 2016

Year 9 PASS Excursion – Mount Buffalo

Last Wednesday the 7th of December Our Year 9 PASS class headed off to Mount Buffalo with many exciting adventures awaiting them! Although the weather turned slightly sour on the second day , our students soldiered on with big smiles on their faces as they abseiled, hiked, swam, cooked and participated in various outdoor educational […]

Tuesday October 11 2016

National Health & Physical Education Day Video 2016

  Late last term on September 14th it was National Health & Physical Education Day. In light and celebration of this day our Students & Staff at Xavier took part in being outdoors and active for the entire day on Friday the 16th of September. Check out a few of our fun activities throughout the […]

Wednesday August 19 2015

Brain Injury Awareness Week

This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week. Westmead Children’s Hospital have developed a new Children and Concussion website, it has some valuable information for parents, teachers and sports coaches.  http://kidshealth.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/concussion  The facts A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by sudden strong movement of the brain against the skull. This is caused by […]

Thursday March 12 2015

Year 9 PASS Canoe Trip

Year 9 PASS students went out onto the water recently to learn the basic skills of river canoeing. Emphasis was placed on river safety, and care of equipment. Students gained experience in navigating in a moving current, canoe safety, and self rescue skills.

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