Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) at St Vincent’s College is concerned with the development of the whole person and to provide all girls with the skills and knowledge to deal with the myriad of challenges faced by young people in a rapidly changing society. PDHPE aims to assist students to make informed decisions about their lifestyles, taking into account the values of the family, culture and religion to which they may belong.

The PDHPE Faculty provides the students of St Vincent's College a program of study from year seven to year twelve. Subject currently offered are:

Year 7-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

At St. Vincent’s the Year 7-10 PDHPE course is part of the students' mandatory program of study. All students participate in both theory and practical lessons each week. This subject encourages each student to strive for, achieve and maintain the optimum level of physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. PDHPE develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, value and lead healthy and fulfilling lifestyles. The PDHPE Faculty’s objective is to work collaboratively with colleagues, students and their parents to produce independent young women, capable of contributing positively to our society with a thorough knowledge and skills to improve and maintain their own and their community’s health.

The current program of study for Years 7-10 PDHPE has been developed from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), Personal development, health and physical education Years 7-10 syllabus as well as the Catholic Education Commission document Towards Wholeness. The NSW PDHPE Years 7-10 Syllabus content is divided into four strands.

Strand 1: Self and Relationships

Strand 2: Movement Skill and Performance

Strand 3: Individual and Community Health

Strand4: Lifelong Physical Activity

Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)

Physical Activity and Sports Studies is an elective subject option open to girls in Years 9 and 10. PASS aims to provide students at St Vincent’s with opportunities to develop their movement skills and acquire new ones in a range of challenging activities different to those offered in the mainstream PDHPE course. PASS acknowledges the important role that physical activity and sport plays in society, and through participation in the subject, girls develop a broad understanding of the multifaceted nature of this influence. The students learn to appreciate the traditions and special characteristics associated with various physical activities and are exposed to a range of valuable skills in organisation, enterprise, leadership and communication.

Students who select the PASS course complete a programme of study that covers three broad areas of study in Foundations of Physical Activity, Physical Activity and Sport in Society and Enhancing Participation and Performance.

2 Unit Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Two Unit Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a course that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. PDHPE students learn about promoting and maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and the impacts of a range of determinants on an individual’s health status. The subject also focuses on social and scientific understandings of sport and human movement leading to an enhanced appreciation of the importance of the health and physical activity. The syllabus also contains strong links to principles of social justice and acknowledgement of the diversity that exists in Australian society

This subject is suited to those students in Year 11 and 12 who have an active interest in PDHPE Girls who take this course may be considering pursuing further education in the areas of recreational, paramedical, movement and health sciences or have an interest in a rapidly expanding range of related career opportunities.

2 Unit Community and Family Studies

Two Unit Community and Family Studies (CAFS) is a course that aims to develop an ability to manage resources and the skills needed to take action to support individuals, groups, families and communities in modern Australian society. Through involvement in the subject, girls develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of human interactions and the range of influences that impact upon responsible decision-making. CAFS is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology and psychology. There is also a strong focus on communication and research skills with students in HSC being required to complete an individual research project (IRP). CAFS encourages students to become proactive individuals within society who have the knowledge and skills to adapt to a range of roles and responsibilities.

This subject is suited to those students in Years 11 and 12 who have an interest in a range of issues relating to the interactions of individual and groups in society. Girls who take this course may be considering pursuing further education in the areas of sociology, psychology, resource management, education, and childcare or careers in social work or research related fields.

The PDHPE Department is comprised of:

  • Ms Sheenagh Doran - Head of Department
  • Mr Mark Bradley
  • Ms Natalie Fletcher
  • Ms Jacinta Jacobs
  • Ms May Mangano
  • Ms Dianne Williams

Contact the PDHPE Department:
Ms Sheenagh Doran

For Sports enquiries contact Ms Belinda Peoples: