Health & Physical Education
All students at Southern River College undertake studies in Health and Physical Education. Students utilise time in the Health and Physical Education Learning Area to develop self-management skills, which are based on informed decision making. Central to the ongoing education of each student is the development of interpersonal skills for the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships in life.
The Health and Physical Education Learning Area encourages and monitors the values each student places on achieving a healthy, active lifestyle. Outcomes linked with the Health and Physical Education Learning Area are predominantly addressed through learning in such areas as health education, physical education, outdoor education, recreation, sport and dance.
Health Education - Compulsory component in all Health and Physical Education Courses
Students explore issues related to healthy lifestyle decisions and influences on their self-concept. Health issues are complex and are the focus of this course. Essential knowledge necessary for healthy decision making includes the understanding of healthy living and socialisation. Students will monitor their fitness and be involved in ongoing assessment of their diet and aerobic fitness. Students will be encouraged to engage in a school project that promotes activity among their peers or school community. Students explore issues related to healthy lifestyle decisions and influences on their self-concept. Protective behaviour skills are established with respect to pressures and influence that impact on their lifestyles. Friendships and peer pressures are analysed and the influences of these relationships are discussed. The impact of puberty and adolescence on their lives is studied and strategies are established to promote positive personal development. Issues related to sexuality are discussed to counter negative influences. Decision making with respect to diet and exercise is developed and a regular personal physical activity program is monitored.
An activity approach will link concepts of health education with physical engagement. Skills will be developed in tennis, bronze medallion, lifesaving, water polo, volleyball, athletics and soccer. A coaching component will be offered to provide students with skills to coach young players. These students will conduct coaching clinics in Australian football and netball. A major focus will be on interpersonal skills and self-management skills. An introduction to weight training will also be incorporated into the physical education program.
Students selecting Outdoor Education will continue to advance their snorkelling skills, bushwalking and camping skills and roping skills. The physical pursuits will be combined with education on environmental and social issues that apply to safe practice, appreciation and ethics related to using outdoor environments. The course will include field trips and will involve out of school time.