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Health and physical education

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​This learning area offers students opportunities to develop knowledge processes, skills and attitudes necessary for making informed decisions about:

  1. Developing concepts and skills for physical activity
  2. Promoting the health of individuals and communities
  3. Enhancing personal development.

Promoting the health of individuals and communities

Acknowledges that health has a number of dimensions - physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual and that health is maintained and enhanced by both individual action and the combined actions of community members.

This strand focuses on:

  • acquiring information, developing skills and implementing strategies to promote personal, group and community health and safety
  • examining issues related to the selection and use of health products, services and information
  • investigating how health is linked to individual behaviours and to the interaction between people and their social, cultural and physical environments.

Developing concepts and skills for physical activity

Highlights the acquisition of understandings about physical activities, and the motor skills required for participation in them. It focuses on:

  • enhancing physical performance in games, sports and other physical activities through:
    • monitoring and evaluating movement sequences
    • applying basic movement concepts
    • improving strategic awareness in games, sports and other physical activities.

Enhancing personal development

Acknowledges that personal identity, relationships, and growth and development are key aspects of an individual’s development and that these influence health. It focuses on developing:

  • personal and interpersonal skills needed to function in a range of groups and settings
  • strategies to promote positive relationships
  • knowledge and understandings necessary to enhance growth and development.