Canobolas Rural Technology High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

PDHPE Faculty

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Faculty at Canobolas High School is a dynamic department that develops our student’s capacity to enhance personal health and wellbeing. We have highly skilled and talented teachers who consistently challenge students to critically analyse and evaluate health and physical activity content. All classes are inclusive and meet the needs of a diverse range of students who exhibit a wide variety of talents and expertise. Our programs centre on encouraging and enabling students to make informed decisions related to health, physical activity, lifestyle and life planning.

Mandatory Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (Years 7-10)

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10. The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education faculty provides a varied scope and sequence of learning experiences in the 7-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education program to our junior students. The faculty continually reflects and refines our teaching practice to present lessons that are fun, engaging and relevant to young people. Students participate in programs that integrate technology in a way that meets the needs of 21st Century learners. In the junior years the practical component of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education emphasises the improvement of basic movement skills, fitness, physical activity, game skills, participation and teamwork. In the theoretical component, students develop the capacity to approach decision-making in an informed and thoughtful manner through the development of personal awareness, interpersonal relationships communication and drug education.

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.

Stage 4 and 5 PDHPE units of work

Year 7

  • #Selfie
  • You Are What You Eat
  • One In, All In
  • Stay Alert, Don’t Get Hurt

Year 8

  • It’s Complicated
  • R U OK?
  • Commit to be Fit
  • Risky Business

Year 9

  • Be You
  • Road to Success
  • Fresh and Funky
  • Don’t Be a Fool, Safety is Cool

Year 10

  • Thrills and Spills
  • Tell Me More
  • I like to Move it
  • Life is a Highway

Stage 6 subjects

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.


This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the range of areas that underpin health and physical activity.

With a focus on the health of individuals and the community as well as the factors that influence movement skills and physical activity levels, students develop their critical thinking skills and develop a deep understanding of the factors that impact health, sport and physical activity in Australia.

Community and Family Studies

Community and Family Studies utilises a framework to investigate the interactions among the individual, family, community and society. Recognition of the interdependence of the individual and other groups is central to the course. The Preliminary course focuses on the individual and their interactions with personal groups, family and community. The HSC course builds upon this by examining how the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities is affected by broader societal influences including sociocultural, economic and political factors.

Exploring Early Childhood

Our society is increasingly recognising that children's experiences in the early childhood years form the foundation for future growth, development and learning.

This course explores issues within an early childhood context and considers these in relation to the students themselves, their families and the community.

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation

Students will learn about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and recognise the need to be responsible and informed decision-makers.

This course enables students to further develop their understanding of and competence in a range of sports and recreational pursuits. They are encouraged to establish a lifelong commitment to being physically active and to achieving movement potential.

Sport Policy

It is important for students to wear their correct PE uniform for all lessons. This is for safety, hygiene and motivational reasons. The correct uniform includes:

  • Canobolas sports shirt
  • Black shorts/tracksuit pants
  • Appropriate running shoes

Representative Sports at Canobolas

Canobolas Rural Technology High School is a school with a rich and proud sporting history, with many current practices embedded in tradition. We continually produce quality athletes and teams that represent Canobolas in the district, regional and state-level competitions. Our school has been successful in a range of sports such as hockey, basketball, touch, softball, athletics, cross country, cricket, soccer and swimming. We consistently achieve at a high standard and are very proud of our achievements. Our referees and officials are also high achievers who regularly contribute to the school and community.

Canobolas High-Performance Athletes (CHPA) program 

CHPA Application

Designed to provide students who excel in sports, dance or athletic domains with the opportunity to:

  • Further develop technical and tactical skills within their chosen sport.
  • Work with industry professionals in the area of Strength and Conditioning, Exercise and Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Sports Coaching.
  • Access state-of-the-art exercise testing and training equipment.
  • Participate in individualised sports-specific strength, speed, flexibility, power and aerobic endurance programs.
  • Extend and enrich themselves through experiencing elite sporting events.
  • Develop and become accredited with skills in officiating, coaching and/or assisting Primary School pre-elite athletes and dancers.

Students who apply for a CHPA program placement must demonstrate the pre-elite representative ability (higher than a club or school level) in a particular sport/s and demonstrate positive attitudes, highly developed work habits, and respect and responsible behaviour. 

CHPA program and scholarship applications are available online or can be accessed through the school.  Enquiries to Michelle Somers (CHPA Director)