Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) at St Vincent’s College aims to inform and empower our students through a strengths based approach equipping them with the knowledge and skills to make healthy informed decisions as they navigate through their changing stages of life. We have a strong focus on the holistic development of the whole person, fostering self-confidence, resilience, and physical well-being, as well as decision-making, respectful relationships, inclusivity and social justice. Students develop an understanding of their rights and responsibilities in treating all people with dignity and respect and living out the Gospel values.

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

The compulsory 7-10 PDHPE syllabus includes three strands:

  • Health, Wellbeing and Relationship
  • Movement Skill and Performance
  • Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles

The content is organised around 5 propositions - Strengths based approach, value movement, focus on educative purposes, include a critical inquiry approach and develop health literacy. PDHPE is delivered through a strengths based approach providing students with authentic ‘real world’ experiences and addresses contemporary issues such as consent and social media use. This allows students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, value and make healthy informed decisions as empowered global citizens.

Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence. Participating in regular exercise can also boost memory and thinking indirectly by improving mood and sleep, and by reducing stress and anxiety and allow students to maintain their own and others' health.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)

The College offers Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) as an elective. PASS promotes learning through movement applications in which students experience, examine, analyse and apply new understanding to a range of contexts.

The Program of study covers three broad areas:

  • Foundations of Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity and Sport in Society
  • Enhancing Participation and Performance

2 Unit Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The current stage 6 Course in Years 11 and 12 aims to develop each student's capacity to think critically about key issues related to health and physical activity to make informed decisions that support and contribute to healthy active lifestyles and communities. Students examine the scientific foundations of human movement - anatomy, physiology and fitness and safe participation by learning about advanced approaches to training or sports medicine concepts.

2 Unit Community and Family Studies

Community and Family Studies aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding about living in society and the complex nature of groups and structures within. Consequently, it is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and general life experiences. There is also a strong focus on communication and research skills with students in HSC being required to complete an individual research project (IRP).