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Health and Physical Education

Welcome to the Health and Physical Education faculty at William Ross State High School.
The Health and Physical Education department is providing students with knowledge and skills to promote an active and healthy lifestyle both now and into the future. 
At William Ross we cater for various learning styles and interests by incorporating a wide range of theoretical and practical components.  Students are fortunate to be exposed to the enviable facilities that we have to offer including our industry standard sports and exercise science centre (including the latest fitness test equipment), pristine playing fields and access to the wide range of facilities at the Murray Sporting Complex.


In Year 7, 8 and 9 Students develop the knowledge, skills, processes and dispositions to promote health and wellbeing. Students actively engage in physical activity and enhance personal development.
Throughout year 7, 8 and 9 students will learn about Adolescence, Making Good Decisions, Super Snacks, Generations, Relationships, Personal Development, Fitness I and II, Healthy Choices, Drug Education, Eating for Performance and Mental Health. They will also engage in physical activities such as Newcomb Ball, Athletics, Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Dance, Skipping, Softball, Touch Football, International Rules and European Handball.
Pathways to Senior Subjects
Physical Education, Health Education, Recreation Studies, Certificate III Sport and Recreation, and Certificate III Fitness.


In Year 10 students have the opportunity to recognise that capabilities in health, movement and personal development can provide career opportunities and improve quality of life. Individually and collaboratively they make decisions, take action and apply skills to address inequities and promote health and wellbeing, movement capacities, and personal development of individuals, groups and communities.
Students study an introduction to Cert III in Fitness, Sport and Recreation, Exercise Principles and Training, Biomechanics and Health Promotions. They also engage in physical activities such as Volleyball, Athletics, Netball, Basketball and Touch Football.
In Year 11 and 12 students have the option to study Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation, or Cert III in Fitness.  

Pre-requisite at least a “B” Achievement in Year 10 English
Health Education is concerned with the development of the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills needed to promote health and to assist people to reach their health potential. It includes studies of the health impacts resulting from interactions between individuals and their social and physical environments.
Topics of Study  
  • Personal health – Body Image & Self Esteem, Sexual Health
  • Peer health – Adolescent Stress
  • Family health – Family Relationships
  • Community health – Alcohol misuse amongst young people
  • Environmental health – Built environment design and its impact on physical activity
  • Health of specific populations – Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Risk taking behaviours amongst young people

Possible Careers - Health Industries including nursing social worker, counselling, paramedic, physiotherapist, health promotion office, nutritionist, dietetics, public health administration, occupational health and safety and environmental health.

Authority QCE POINTS: 4
At least a “C” Achievement in Year 10 English a “B” in Year 10 Health and Physical Education
Students must also be willing to participate in all practical activities. Therefore students with medical conditions that prevent them from participating in physical activities are advised against selecting this subject.
Physical Education allows students to become involved in highly personalised studies of physical activity, which are influenced by psychological, biomechanical, physiological and sociological factors. Physical Education aims to allow students to become physically educated as self-directed, interdependent and independent learners.
Topics of Study  
  • Learning physical skills.
  • Process and effects of training & exercise.
  • Sport, physical activity and exercise in Australian society.

Physical Education is essentially concerned with the study of physical activity. To ensure a balance between learning in, about and through physical activity, 50% of timetabled school time is devoted to student’s performance in physical tasks.
Possible Careers - Physical Education can be used towards Tertiary Studies and careers in the Sport Education, Fitness, Recreation, Hospitality or Tourism industries (Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Nursing, PE Teacher).

RECREATION - Authority Registered QCE POINTS: 4
There are no pre-requisites for entry into this subject.
Recreation provides opportunities for students to experience the challenge and fun of participation in physical activity while developing skills necessary and beneficial for life.
Students must also be willing to participate in all practical activities. Therefore students with medical conditions that prevent them from participating in physical activities are advised against selecting this subject.
Topics of Study
Students will study the following core learning experiences which will be embedded throughout the course of study:  
  • Games and Sport
  • Health related physical activities
  • Active play & Minor Games
  • Challenge & Adventure games
 Possible Careers - The Sport, Fitness and Recreation industry has assumed increasing importance as a source of expanding employment opportunities. Students seeking full-time or part-time careers in the Sport, Fitness, Recreation, Hospitality or Tourism Industries will find this course useful.
External Certificates - Students will have the opportunity to gain their First Aid qualification.

VET RTO – Binnacle 31319 QCE POINTS: 8
Students must have a passion for and/or interest in pursuing a career in the fitness and sport industries. They must have good quality written and spoken communication skills and an enthusiasm / motivation to participate in physical activity sessions.
Binnacle’s Certificate III in Fitness ‘Fitness in Schools’ program is offered as a senior subject where students deliver a range of fitness programs and services to clients within their school community. Graduates will be competent in a range of essential skills – such as undertaking client health assessments, planning and delivering fitness programs, and conducting group fitness sessions in indoor and outdoor fitness settings.
Topics of Study  
  • First Aid qualification and CPR certificate.
  • A range of career pathway options including an alternative entry into university.

Direct pathway into Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer) with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (AIPT).