Health and Physical Education


Centenary Heights State High School values student participation in physical activity as a means of improving the overall well-being of an individual. The Australian Sports Commission recognises that Australian society has changed and continues to change. Australians are not moving as much as we used to. This is leading to increases in preventable disease and poorer health across the nation.

Increasingly, Australian children are unable to perform basic fundamental movement skills such as running, throwing, kicking, swimming, catching or jumping. They lack the confidence, ability and motivation to move and to be physically active. Australians are also living increasingly sedentary lives, spending more time using screens than being physically active.

At Centenary Heights we want to change this, offering engaging opportunities for participation from Year 7 through to Year 12.

Year 7, 8  and 9 Health and Physical Education

HPE is a compulsory core subject for all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The primary focus for these years is integrated participation in units of work that cover food and nutrition, community health promotion, engagement in physical activity, fitness, water safety and swimming, games and sports and performance experiences. The subject aims to provide an understanding of decision-making processes, movement concepts and movement sequences that will assist students to improve their own performance and health related behaviours through critical evaluation.

Year 10 Health and Physical Education

Year 10 HPE in 2020 is an elective subject that offers students opportunities to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary for making informed decisions about the health of individuals and communities. It aims to develop concepts and skills for physical activity and enhancing personal development. Students are encouraged to act, individually or collectively, in ways that support their own and others' health and well-being. In 2021, the Year 10 HPE program will become a compulsory core subject for all students across one semester.

Year 10 Tasters

The 'Tasters" allow students the opportunity to sample the three Senior HPE-based subjects for a semester:

  • ATAR - Physical Education and Health
  • Vocational Education and Training - Certificate II in Sport and Recreation.

Year 11/12 Physical Education

Students learn experientially through three stages of an inquiry approach to ascertain relationships between the scientific bases and the physical activity contexts. Students recognise and explain concepts and principles about and through movement, and demonstrate and apply body and movement concepts to movement sequences and movement strategies. Through their purposeful and authentic experiences in physical activities, students gather, analyse and synthesise data to devise strategies to optimise engagement and performance. They evaluate and justify strategies about and in movement by drawing on informed, reflective decision-making.

Year 11/12 Health Education

Health uses an inquiry approach informed by the critical analysis of health information to investigate sustainable health change at personal, peer, family and community levels. Students define and understand broad health topics, which they reframe into specific contextualised health issues for further investigation. Students plan, implement, evaluate and reflect on action strategies that mediate, enable and advocate change through health promotion. To achieve this, the Centenary Heights State High School Health curriculum considers contemporary health promotion theory and practice.

Year 11/12 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Certificate II in Sport and Recreation provides the opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills to enhance their personal and work life. A variety of sports are covered over the two year course which assist students to gain extremely valuable skills that are very relevant to many work situations.

Faculty Directory

Christina Bartlett     

Year 8 HPE, Year 10 HPE, Years  12 Health
Frank Dowling Year 9 HPE, Year 10 HPE, Year 12 PE
Luke Halley Year 7 HPE, Year 12 Cert II in Sport & Recreation
Sandy Hearnden Year 8 HPE, Year 11 Health
Gerard Hobson Years 8 HPE, Year 9 HPE, Year 12 Cert  II in Sport & Recreation
Adam Marshall Year 7 HPE
Dave Natalier Year 8 HPE, Year 9 HPE, Year 11 Cert II in Sport & Recreation
Trent O'BrienYear 7 HPE, Year 11 Cert II in Sport & Recreation
Tim O'Connell Year 7 HPE
Georgina Rackemann Year 7 HPE, Year 10 HPE, Year 11 Cert II in Sport & Recreation
Jess SmithYear 7 HPE, Year 8 HPE, Year 9 HPE
Emma Usher Year 12 Health
Karen Vorpagel Year 8 HPE, Year 9 HPE, Year 12 Cert II in Sport & Recreation
Last reviewed 11 August 2020
Last updated 11 August 2020