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PDHPE Electives

Students can choose these elective subjects to study as part of their Personal development, health and physical education program.

Year 9 and 10 PDHPE electives

Physical Activity and Sports Studies – PASS

PASS represents a broad view of physical activity and the many possible contexts in which individuals can build activity into their lifestyle. It incorporates a wide range of lifelong physical activities, including recreational, leisure and adventure pursuits, competitive and non-competitive games, individual and group physical fitness activities, and the use of physical activity for therapy and remediation.


The study of dance as an artform is the philosophical base of the Dance Years 7 - 10 Syllabus. 'Dance as an artform' distinguishes the content and teaching approaches that are used in the teaching of dance as art in education. It underpins the students' artistic, aesthetic and cultural education through dance.

The conceptual basis of the study of dance as an artform centres on three practices of performance, composition and appreciation of dance as works of art.

Equal emphasis is placed on the processes of experiences and end products. Students learn both movement principles and stylised techniques, and they learn through both problem solving and directed teaching. The development of creativity, imagination and individuality is emphasised equally with knowledge of theatre dance.

Year 11 and 12 PDHPE electives

Community and Family Studies –CAFS

Contemporary society is characterised by rapid social and technological change, cultural diversity, conflicting values and competitive pressures. Developing understanding about society and living in society requires a comprehensive knowledge of its complex nature. Consequently, CAFS is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students' general life experiences. This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.

Sports, Lifestyle and Recreation –SLR

SLR enables Stage 6 students to build upon their learning in Years K-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Specifically, it focuses on those aspects of the learning area that relate most closely to participation in sport and physical activity.

Sport, Fitness and Recreation (SFR) Sport Coaching

SFR is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Content Endorsed Course and provides students with the opportunity to gain industry recognised national vocational qualifications as a part of their NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC).

The SFR VET course is designed to enable students to develop a range of technical, vocational and interpersonal competencies valued both within and beyond the workplace. They will also acquire underpinning knowledge and skills related to work and further education within the sport, fitness and recreation industry. 

The sport, fitness and recreation industry is a dynamic and evolving entity, playing an important role in Australian society. Australians love their sport both as participants and spectators - it agrees with the lifestyle and is a major recreational pastime for many. Key sectors within the industry include community recreation, fitness, outdoor recreation and sport. It complements other industry areas such as hospitality, retail and tourism.