Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education at GWSC is a compulsory subject in years 7-10 and explores a broad range of physical activities that foster the development of motor skills, improve fitness, promote healthy lifestyles and encourage success and enjoyment for all students.

All students in Year 7-10 will complete a series of fitness tests. Students will evaluate their fitness levels by using age and gender-based standards on specific tests. 

YEAR 7 & 8
The course examines the underlying basis of human movement, and strategies that can improve physical health and fitness. Students participate in a range of learning activities such as the development of practical motor skills, enhancement of fitness and healthy lifestyles, understanding and implementing skills, rules and strategies through a game sense approach. Activities will also foster socially acceptable behaviour and co-operation.

Year 7 students undertake 3 periods of practical activity per week. Year 8 students participate in 2 practical sessions per week and two theory sessions with a focus on topics such as nutrition, healthy lifestyle, values and puberty.

Year 9 and 10
Year 9 students will participate in 2 practical sessions per week and two theory sessions per week. The practical sessions will build on the skills learnt in year 7 & 8 and also include a 5 week Hip Hop unit. Theory sessions will focus around promoting attitudes and behaviours which improve the health of young people including helping them to make responsible decisions in relation to health issues..

Three electives will be available to Year 9 students:
  • Sports leadership and coaching
  • Safety and survival skills
  • Duke of Edinburgh
Year 10 students will participate in 2 practical sessions per week which will include a 6 week Self Defence unit and 1 theory session per week. The theory component will examine perspectives that determine effective coaching and leadership, factors that improve personal fitness levels, and body systems.

The following elective will be available to year 10 students:
  • Outdoor recreation

VCE Studies (Year 11 & 12)
Students will then have the opportunity to undertake VCE courses in Physical Education, Health and Human Development and Outdoor and Environmental studies.

Health and PE week:
Every Year GWSC participates in Health and PE week with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles and lifelong participation in Physical Activity.