Blaxland High School

A School of Excellence, Opportunity and Success

Telephone02 4739 4655

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.

Elective courses available:

Year 7 and 8

  • High performance in sport - 80 hours

Year 9 and 10 

  • Physical activity and sports studies (PASS) - 200 hours
  • Sports coaching - 80 hours

Year 11 and 12

  • Personal development, health and physical education - 2 unit course
  • Sport, lifestyle and recreation studies - 2 unit course
  • VET sports coaching

Faculty vision statement

The Blaxland High School PDHPE staff are very experienced, knowledgeable and innovative. We are committed to providing educational opportunities that:

  • engage and challenge all students to maximise their individual talents and capabilities
  • enable all students to develop positive self-concepts and their capacity to establish and maintain safe, healthy and rewarding lives
  • encourage and enable all students to enjoy learning, and to be self-motivated, reflective, competent learners who will be able to take part in further study, work or training
  • enable students to learn through movement experiences that are both challenging, enjoyable and which improve their capacity to move with skill and confidence.


  • Extension Program
  • Premier's Sporting Challenge 


  • School swimming carnival - February
  • Cross country - April
  • School athletics carnival - May
  • Year 7 gala day - Term 3.

Elective Camps

  • Year 9 physical activity and sports studies (PASS) - October
  • Year 10 PASS ski trip - August

Head Teacher - Peter Henderson