Physical, Health and Outdoor Education

At Helena, students learn how to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. We offer students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and active.

Our dedicated and passionate department of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education specialist teachers strive to offer students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities with the aim of helping every student find a passion that sets them on a path to living a healthy, active and fulfilling life.

Students learn how the body moves; how to approach and resolve challenges; how to optimise movement performance; and the benefits of physical activity to themselves, others and communities. Through movement in a variety of contexts and settings, students acquire, practise, manage and refine personal, interpersonal, social and cognitive skills.

Junior School Programme

Through the Physical Education programme, our specialist classes develop students’ skills, knowledge and understandings for lifelong, healthy active living through experiential learning. There is a focus on fundamental movement skills, sports participation and gameplay activities for skill, awareness and teamwork. Students are exposed to a wide variety of sports to encourage self-confidence.  Through the year, there are opportunities to participate in inter-house and inter-school sporting carnivals.

The Protective Behaviours personal safety framework is a significant component of the Health curriculum across all year levels. Designed to address the risk of child abuse and child grooming, the programme empowers students from Kindergarten to Year 5 by teaching the skills needed to identify and respond to risks.

Middle School Programme

Areas covered in Physical Education
AFL • Athletics • Badminton • Basketball • Cricket • Dance
Fitness • Frisbee • Gridiron • Floorball • Handball • Lawn bowls
Martial arts • Netball • Scoopball • Skipping • Soccer • Squash
Tennis • Tee ball • Volleyball • Water polo

Areas covered in Outdoor Education
Abseiling • Canoeing • Climbing • Hiking • Kayaking
Mountain Biking • Orienteering • Roping

Topics covered in Health Education
Alcohol • Bullying/cyberbullying • Drug education •First Aid • Fitness profiling • Healthy & active lifestyles  • Health promotion  • How my body works • Keys 4 Life • Mental Health & Wellbeing • Nutrition  • Protective Behaviours • Relationships • Resilience • Sexual Education

Senior School Programme

Students in Year 11 and 12 have the opportunity to study Physical Education Studies at the ATAR or general levels. Outdoor Education is also offered at the general level for both Year 11 and 12 students.

The College’s fitness and weights facility is also made available to students in Year 11 and 12 for use before school and at lunchtimes.

The College also runs inter-house faction carnivals for swimming, cross-country and athletics in both the Junior School and Senior School.

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