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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 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.

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.

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.

PDHPE courses aim to develop student's capacity to understand personal health and well-being, enjoy an active lifestyle, maximize movement potential and advocate lifelong health and physical activity.

Students will:

  • Enhance their mental / emotional health, improve their capacity to manage challenging circumstances and develop caring and respectful relationships.
  • Move with confidence and competence in a variety of sports and games.
  • Take actions to promote individual and community health.
  • Participate in and promote lifelong physical activity in competitive and non-competitive environments.
  • Develop skills needed to lead a holistic healthy lifestyle
  • Make informed health decisions based on sound knowledge and understanding.
  • Promote social justice principles.

PDHPE Courses for Years 7-10

 Years 7-10 PDHPE. Each student must complete 300 hours of PDHPE in Years 7-10

PDHPE Courses for Years 11 and 12

  • PDHPE Preliminary and HSC courses
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR)
  • Crossroads - a 25 hour personal development course for senior students. (Mandatory in State Schools)

Extension Programs in PDHPE

Extension programs allow students to use their skills to further develop in different settings outside the classroom. These include:

  • Premier's Sporting Challenge. A NSW Department of Education initiative to encourage students to be more active is the program offered to our students.
  • Representative sport. Students have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports in state knockouts and competitions.
  • Dance Festivals such as North West dance are available to our students.
  • Fitness Centre. Students have access to an excellent Fitness Centre with specific lunch, recess and before school opportunities to develop their fitness with qualified trainers/instructors.
  • Girls' Program - Focuses on improving physical mental/emotional, social & spiritual health for our students.
  • Sport Development Days/Skill Clinics.

Physical Activity & Sport Studies

Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) is an elective subject offered to Year 8, 9 and 10. This subject enhances a student’s capacity to participate effectively in physical activity and sport, leading to improved quality of life for themselves and others. Students will have the opportunity to explore competitive and non-competitive physical activities in different environments. PASS is an excellent gateway subject for those interested in studying PDHPE or SLR in the Preliminary and HSC year.

Areas of Study

The content is organised in modules within the following three Areas of Study:

  • Foundations of Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity and Sport in Society
  • Enhancing Participation and Performance.

Foundations of Physical Activity

  • Body systems and energy for physical activity
  • Physical activity for health
  • Physical fitness
  • Fundamentals of movement skill development
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Participating with safety

Physical Activity and Sport in Society

  • Australia’s sporting identity
  • Lifestyle, leisure and recreation
  • Physical activity and sport for specific groups
  • Opportunities and pathways in physical activity and sport
  • Issues in physical activity and sport

Enhancing Participation and Performance

  • Promoting active lifestyles
  • Coaching
  • Enhancing performance – strategies and techniques
  • Technology, participation and performance
  • Event management

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation

Year 11 and 12

Sport Lifestyle and Recreation is an exciting subject that focuses on participation in competitive and non-competitive physical activities. Students will have the opportunity to experience and learn about physical activities and healthy lifestyles in a number of environments in this board endorsed senior subject.

Through the study of Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation students will develop:

  1. knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence health and participation in physical activity
  2. knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes impacting on the realisation of movement potential
  3. the ability to analyse and implement strategies that promote health, physical activity and enhanced performance
  4. a capacity to influence the participation and performance of self and others and
  5. a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle and the achievement of movement potential

Students have the opportunity to learn theoretically and practically about:

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • First Aid and Sports Injuries
  • Fitness
  • Games and Sports Applications I
  • Games and Sports Applications II
  • Gymnastics
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Individual Games and Sports Applications
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Resistance Training
  • Social Perspectives of Games and Sports
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Coaching and Training


Sport is an integral part of the curriculum. There are a variety of ways in which students can be involved in sport at Macintyre High School.

Weekly Sport

Macintyre High School offers students a variety of sports, both team and individual. Students select a different sport each term. Students don’t have to be “good” at sport to find a choice they may enjoy; most only require students to be willing to participate. As many venues are away from school, students are transported by bus to and from their venue to ensure their safety. Any cost for sporting venue and bus is kept to a minimum. Payment can be made per term or each sport day.

Sport day is Tuesday from 1.30pm – 3.20pm

Students must wear full Macintyre sport uniform on sport days. If students do not have the full uniform, they should wear normal school uniform to school and change at the sporting venue.

Carnivals and Championships

As with most schools Macintyre High School conducts swimming and athletics carnivals. These offer our elite athletes the opportunity to set personal bests, break records and to compete in their age championships. House championships are also part of these carnivals. Carnivals are also an excellent opportunity for staff, students and families to interact in an informal setting. Students are encouraged to don their house colours, sunscreen and banners, and join in the fun. Every event entered gains a house point. The houses are  Fraser (Blue), Sinclair (Green), Rob Roy (Red) and Stirling (Yellow).

The swimming carnival is a twilight event. This avoids the issue of over-exposure to the sun. The evening event also allows many families to attend and enjoy the opportunity to see their children compete in events. A lovely family atmosphere and good participation ensures the success of the evening event.

NSW Combined High Schools Sport (CHS)

Macintyre High School is entered in a number of CHS team competitions each year. We have a proud tradition in sport and a number of our teams have competed in the regional finals.

Team trials are announced on the daily announcements as well as trials for zone, regional and state teams. We regularly have students who represent in the North West and State in their chosen sport.