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NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus

NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus

The Boys Campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

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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.

"To develop in boys, a lifelong commitment to physical, emotional and social wellbeing"

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Personal Development, Health, Physical Education (PD/H/PE)

Students benefit from an engaging and contemporary Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) program at Balgowlah Boys Campus. Our staff understand our boys and our programs engage and challenge them through a series of innovative activities designed to develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes associated with living a healthy life.


PDHPE encompasses three important elements:

  • Personal Development, where we continuously challenge and inspire students in an ever-changing and challenging world for adolescent boys.
  • Health, where students learn all about the multitude of health issues facing young men in the modern world, and to provide them with strategies to develop their best possible physical, mental and social health. 
  • Physical Education, where movement composition occurs in a variety of different settings, where the emphasis is on fitness, fun and skill development.

The PDHPE subject area is broken into the following areas of study and activity:


Mandatory PDHPE

The PDHPE faculty provides a varied scope and sequence of learning experiences in the 7-10 PDHPE program to our junior boys. The faculty continually reflects and refines our teaching practise to enhance the outcomes of the course and integrate technology more efficiently into programs. In the junior years the practical component of PDHPE emphasises 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.



Our Stage 5 elective course (offered in Years 9 and 10) - Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) - caters for those students who excel in sport and/or who are interested in their own fitness and health. Some of the topics include:, Body Systems, Coaching, Sports Medicine, Enhancing Performance, Fundamental Movement Skills, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Issues in Physical Activity and Physical Fitness.

Our Stage 6 HSC elective courses (Years 11 and 12) are offered to those students with an interest in current personal and community issues surrounding health and physical activity in Australia. The senior courses include Personal Development, Health and Physical Activity (PDHPE) and Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR). These courses provide senior students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of active, healthy lifestyles and improving personal and community health.

Stage 6 PDHPE is a challenging subject that concentrates on the theoretical aspects of health and physical activity.

Stage 6 Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation is a course similar to the junior mandatory PDHPE with both practical experience and theory-based activities.

PDHPE will contribute to students' Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), while SLR is a Content Endorsed course which contributes only to a student's HSC.

Both of these courses have proven to be popular with the student body and will continue to flourish as our junior PASS students graduate into the senior school.