Personal Development, Health and PE

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Head of faculty - Ron Vandergugten

Course Information: 

Campbell High School values studies in Health and Physical Education and aims to provide the knowledge, understanding and basis of physical skills and experiences for our students to be able to make their own healthy life choices.

Students who study Health and Physical Education at Campbell High School gain knowledge in a variety of areas relating to mental and physical health and development. Skills gained through participation in this subject include:

  • A better understanding of the importance of personal health and fitness and a strong understanding of the many specific health issues relevant to young people today
  • Learning concepts about play, games, sport and recreation, and the roles these play in building habits to lead an active healthy life
  • The development of flexibility, endurance and strength - components of fitness which allow people to lead functional healthy lifestyles and reduce risk of ill health
  • Understanding the rules, etiquette and culture associated with all forms of physical activity
  • The development of a range of interpersonal skills such as communication, assertiveness, conflict resolution, leadership and teamwork
  • The learning and application of self-management skills such as decision making, problem solving, planning, time and stress management
  • The development of strong self-esteem and personal confidence through successful experiences in a range of enjoyable physical activities

Years 7 and 8 

In each semester, all students in years 7 and 8 participate in a series of compulsory health and physical education units along with their practical units.

Years 9 and 10 

It is compulsory for students in years 9 and 10 to study at least four units, including two ‘core’ units, in health and physical education across the two years. In years 9 and 10 further units are available to be chosen as electives providing students with great scope to pursue their personal interests. Electives include Outdoor Education 1 & 2, CLASSIC (Boy's Leadership), CSL (Girl's Leadership) and TSP (Talented Sports Program).


Outdoor Education 1

In this unit students will gain skills and knowledge useful in outdoor/adventure settings.

Activities studied for Semester 1 include: surfing and surf awareness, first aid, abseiling, caving and lifesaving.

Activities studied for semester 2 include: caving, abseiling, first aid, rock climbing and canoeing In this unit students will be required to participate in two overnight camps.

There is a fee associated with this subject.

Outdoor Education 2

This unit extends the studies undertaken in Outdoor Education 1. Activities become more advanced and include alpine education, skiing, outdoor first aid, bushwalking, navigation, canyoning and white water rafting. In this unit, students will be required to participate in three overnight camps.

There is a fee associated with this subject.


This is a leadership program where students study leadership in a variety of settings. This information will then be transferred to their own lives through monitoring and modelling by CLASSIC teachers and program members. Students complete a variety of physical education, team building and team activities where they will be expected to display the leadership qualities learnt.


This unit aims to provide an opportunity for girls to sharpen, develop and improve leadership and professional skills through sport. In this unit there will be a mix of theory and practical lessons with an emphasis on leadership. Students will participate in a number of structured activities such as interactive workshops, team building, volunteer service and coaching younger girls from the cluster primary schools.


The Campbell High School Talented Sports Program (TSP) caters for students who are advanced in the chosen sport to a level where time management becomes an important part of their schedule. The unit caters for the needs of the students by providing them with the knowledge and skills to perform to their full potential both physically and academically. Students involved in the program will gain knowledge and skills which will help improve and maintain their involvement in their chosen sport.