Middle School Subjects – Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education in the Middle School provides students with an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active.

Students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets to enhance safety and wellbeing. They critique and challenge assumptions and stereotypes. Students learn to navigate a range of health-related sources, services and organisations.

At the core of Health and Physical Education in Middle School is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. As a foundation for lifelong physical activity participation and enhanced performance, students acquire an understanding of how the body moves and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity participation. They develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in Australian society and globally. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills.

Sport Topics

Students are taught by specialist teachers and participate in a range of sports including (but not limited to):

  • Athletics
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Dance (Hip Hop)
  • Fitness programming / circuits
  • Lacrosse
  • Modified / Cultural Games
  • Netball (traditional and Fast 5s)
  • SASI Identification Fitness Testing
  • Soccer
  • Speedminton
  • Spike ball
  • Table Tennis
  • Team Handball
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Sports

Students learn and build upon the specific skills and strategies that are used a range of physical activity pursuits becoming confident in participating in organised events outside of school, living a sustainable healthy and active lifestyle.

Theory Topics

Theoretical topics that are introduced during Middle School include:

  • Benefits of Living a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Safety
  • First Aid
  • Human Body Systems
  • Sports Coaching

Learning Tasks and Assessments

Students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Health and Physical Education through various learning tasks and assessment types. These include:

  • Self, Peer and Video Analysis
  • Advertisements
  • Journal / Personal Reflections
  • Analysis of Newspaper articles and other sources
  • Podcasts
  • Multimodal Presentations
  • Reports
  • Others depending on students interests and abilities
  • Video recordings, data collection and analysis

Uniform Expectations

As part of Health and Physical Education lessons, students are required to wear the correct PE uniform consisting of:

  • Emmaus polo shirt
  • Emmaus shorts (Shorts need to be correct fit and not too baggy)
  • Emmaus wide brim or bucket hat
  • Running shoes or cross trainers (Skate Shoes or Dunlop Volleys are not permitted as they don’t provide appropriate support for ankles or sole of their feet)
  • Emmaus tracksuit on cooler days (Shorts and shirts need to be worn under the tracksuit so that it can be removed when students have warmed up)
  • Sports drink bottle (water only)

Students that are injured or ill are still required to be changed, as they will be incorporated into the lessons where possible (i.e. umpiring, coaching, statistician, video recorder, etc.). A note from parents / caregivers or specialist is great appreciated outlining your child’s injuries and possible timeframe that they may be out of for practical lessons.

Year 10 - Sport Science