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 between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6.
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.
At Narromine Public School we provide children with positive PDHPE experiences that are appropriate to their developmental needs in order to increase their activity levels, engage thinking and memory skills and promote positive life choices. We have developed a series of programs that provide fun, challenge, variety, skill development, and freedom in a safe environment.
Our students participate in planned physical activity across the school week, in the form of daily fitness and PE sessions. In addition to this the students receive between 30-60 mins a week on personal development and health, through face to face learning, peer support and our Positive Behavioural Learning activities.
NPS strives to ensure equal access to important opportunities and as such funds the attendance of PDHPE initiatives such as the Life Education Van; transport to sporting, educational and cultural excursions; and entry for school swimming.
We believe as a school we play a special role, in partnership with families, to ensure children receive adequate activity and the education to make healthy lifestyle decisions. In essence, involvement in a quality PDHPE program such as ours helps the children to develop motor skills for a lifetime of activity, positive attitudes towards physical activity, strong values, and quality decision making skills.
Our students are given encouragement and opportunity and have improved attitudes to physical activity as a result of our focused initiative. It is the positive enjoyment of these experiences that stimulates the children's motivation for learning, concentration patterns and positive behavioural choices.