How We Teach Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education Domain at Westernport Secondary College prides itself on the provision of a diverse selection of study areas across all year levels.

The practical units offered endeavour not only to provide experiences in a variety of physical activities, but also teach specific skills and game strategy that the students can expand on as their individual physical abilities develop.

The theoretical aspects of the studies offer insights into the supporting structures and environments that allow people to safely and competently participate in physical activities.


Yr. 7 and 8 Physical Education – In accordance with national recommendations, Yr. 7 & 8 students are engaged in more than 100 minutes of physical activity each week in their practical Physical Education classes. The classes teach the skills and game strategies of many mainstream sporting activities as well as engage students in minor games and fitness based activities.

Yr. 7 & 8 Health Education Many aspects of Health Education including nutrition, body image, drug education, bullying, and first aid are taught as part of a pastoral program entitled ‘Footprints’. To supplement this program, human development is also taught to students during the regular physical education class.

Yr. 9 & 10 Health & Physical Education – The units offered at Yr. 9 & 10 are organised on a semester basis. They are offered as electives enabling students to select the subjects which engage their interest the most. The units include the following:

Year 9

Recreational and Environmental Studies (RES) – In this unit student’s are introduced to land and aquatic recreational activities. Students develop an understanding of issues affecting outdoor involvement and acquire knowledge relating to equipment safety, basic first aid and the environment. Students also study the effects of outdoor activities on the environment and the concept of adventure.

Invasion Games & Sports Injuries (IGM) – In this unit student’s develop skills in offensive/ defensive sporting disciplines. Emphasis is placed on team play, strategy, umpiring and knowledge of issues affecting participation in these activities. Basic physiology and sport’s first aid principles are also covered.

Individual Pursuits (INP) – In this unit student’s develop skills in a variety of fitness related activities. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual training programs, incorporating pre and post testing and examining fitness components, training principles and methods.

Individual Movements (INM) – In this unit student’s are introduced to activities that require motivation & power. It also places emphasis on the analysis of women in sport and how women’s sport is portrayed in the media. Students are introduced to fundamental theory components of Physical Education, physiology, anatomy and biomechanics.

Racquet & Stick Sports (RAQ) – In this unit student’s develop the necessary skills, tactics and game strategies in sporting activities that require the use of a racquet, club or bat. Emphasis is placed on match and tournament practice, rules and tactics, stroke development and umpiring. Students are also required to analyse the effect of technology on a specific sport, and event management in sport.

Healthy Living (HLV) – In this unit student’s examine many issues, topics and concerns relating to nutrition & exercise, drug education and human development. Students will look at the many options available to individuals and groups to promote their own health within their community.

Year 10

Individual Conditioning (INC) – This unit is an extension of the Yr. 9 Individual Pursuits elective. Emphasis is placed on the development, implementation and evaluation of individual training programs, incorporating pre and post testing, fitness components, training principles and methods.

Various forms of fitness training are examined and students identify how to train more specifically for their chosen sports.

Major Games & Sports Coaching (MGS) – In this unit student’s engage in a variety of mainstream sporting activities. They examine individual and group tactics, rules and movement patterns employed in different sports to improve performance. They develop an understanding of the many and various roles of the coach in catering for the needs of athletes including the identification of skill error and modification of athletic movement. Event management, player rankings and tournaments are also a focus.

Healthy Living (HLV) – This unit is an extension of the Yr. 9 Healthy Living elective. Student’s undertake a more in depth examination of the issues, topics and concerns relating to nutrition & exercise, drug education and human development. Students also examine the Australian public health system as well as other health related support structures within their community.

VCE Physical EducationUnits 1 & 2 of VCE Physical Education looks at the ways in which our bodies move—human movement. The course outlines the body systems involved in creating movement and ability to participate in physical activities. The course also looks at they way we learn new skills and the differences between elite athletes and the wider community. This course leads students into Units 3 & 4 where more complex body systems are studied with particular influences on sports.

VCE Health & Human Development – The course provides an opportunity for students to investigate health and human development across the lifespan. Students will develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to become actively involved in shaping the influences that determine their own health and development and the health of their local and global communities.

VCE Outdoor & Environmental Studies – Students undertaking Outdoor and Environmental Studies should show an appreciation of our natural environments and enjoy outdoor experiences. Students are given the opportunity to be involved in many recreational and outdoor activities and they develop an understanding of how humans relate to nature in the contexts of outdoor environments.