Health & Physical Education

Como Secondary College

Picture_018The Health and Physical Education department oversees the delivery of compulsory Western Australian Curriculum courses in years 7-10 as well as elective courses for students in years 9-10 and both General and ATAR courses as well as Vocational Education and Training Certificate courses in year 11 and 12.

The Health and Physical Education department also oversees the administration and running of all Interhouse and Interschool sporting events.

Years 7-10 Heath & Physical Education

At Como Secondary College students in years 7 through to 10 are immersed in the Western Australian Curriculum in an integrated “general” Health and Physical Education course. The Health and Physical Education curriculum comprises two strands each with three sub-strands:

Personal, Social and Community Health

  • Being healthy, safe and active – The content focuses on supporting students to make decisions about their own health, safety and wellbeing. The content develops the knowledge, understanding and skills to support students to be resilient. It also enables them to access and understand health information and empowers them to make healthy, safe and active choices. In addition, the content explores personal identities and emotions, and the contextual factors that influence students’ health, safety and wellbeing. Students also learn about the behavioural aspects related to regular physical activity and develop the dispositions required to be an active individual.
  • Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing – The content develops knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to critically engage with a range of health focus areas and issues. It also helps them apply new information to changing circumstances and environments that influence their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Contributing to healthy and active communities – The content develops knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to critically analyse contextual factors that influence the health and wellbeing of communities. The content supports students to selectively access information, products, services and environments to take action to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Movement and Physical Activity

  • Moving our body – The content lays the important early foundations of play and fundamental movement skills. It focuses on the acquisition and refinement of a broad range of movement skills. Students apply movement concepts and strategies to enhance performance. They practise and rehearse skills and strategies to move with competence and confidence. Students develop skills and dispositions necessary for lifelong participation in physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport.
  • Understanding movement – The content focuses on developing knowledge and understanding about how and why our body moves and what happens to our body when it moves. While participating in physical activities, students analyse and evaluate theories, techniques and strategies that can be used to understand and enhance the quality of movement and physical activity performance. They explore the place and meaning of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in their own and others’ lives, and across time and cultures.
  • Learning through movement – The content focuses on personal and social skills that can be developed through participation in movement and physical activities. These skills include communication, decision-making, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and cooperation. The skills can be developed as students work individually and in small groups or teams to perform movement tasks or solve movement challenges. Through movement experiences, students develop other important personal and social skills such as self-awareness, self-management, persisting with challenges and striving for enhanced performance. They also experience the varied roles within a range of physically active pursuits.

Focus Areas

Focus areas indicate breadth of learning and provide a context for student engagement with the content. The focus areas are:

  • alchohol and other drugs
  • food and nutrition
  • health benefits of physical activity
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • relationships and sexuality
  • safety
  • active and minor games
  • challenge and adventure activities
  • fundamental movement skills
  • games and sports
  • lifelong physical activities
  • rhythmic and expressive activities

Contexts (Sporting Activities):

  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Fitness
  • Floorball
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Teeball
  • Volleyball

HPEStudents may aim towards undertaking either the General or ATAR Physical Education Studies Courses in year 11 and then either the General or ATAR Physical Education Studies Courses in year 12, however it is strongly recommended to undertake the specialized Sport Extension classes in year 9 and 10.

Students may aim towards undertaking the Certificate I in Sport & Recreation (Outdoor Focus) Course in year 11 and then the Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation Course in year 12, however it is strongly recommended to undertake the specialized Outdoor Extension classes in year 9 and 10.

Students may wish to aim towards undertaking the General Health Studies Course in year 11 and the General Health Studies Course in year 12.

Years 9-10 HPE Sports Extension

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At Como Secondary College students in years 9 and 10 students are able to ‘elect’ to specialize in areas that interest them. One of those areas in the Health and Physical Education areas is the Sport Extension. Students who elect to do this course complete the integrated “general” Health and Physical Education course, but have additional content that allows them to develop their Personal, social and community health and Movement and physical activity capabilities within differing sporting contexts.

Contexts (Sporting/Outdoor Activities)

  • AFL
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Fitness
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball

Students choosing to undertake the Sport Extension courses should be aiming towards undertaking either the General or ATAR Physical Education Studies Courses in year 11 and then either the General or ATAR Physical Education Studies Courses in year 12.

Students may wish to aim towards undertaking the General Health Studies Course in year 11 and the General Health Studies Course in year 12.

Health Studies

The Health Studies General course focuses on the study of health as a dynamic quality of human life. Students undertaking this course develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to promote an understanding of the importance of personal and community action in promoting health.

The influence of social, environmental, economic and biological determinants of health is a key focus of the course. Other course content includes the influence of beliefs, attitudes and values on health behaviour, and the importance of self-management and interpersonal skills in making healthy decisions.

Using an inquiry process, students draw on their knowledge and understandings of health concepts and investigate health issues of interest. Through this process, they develop research skills that can be applied to a range of health issues or concerns.

This course will prepare students for career and employment pathways in a range of health and community service industries. Students will have the opportunity to develop key employability and life skills, including communication, leadership, initiative and enterprise. Inquiry skills will equip students to adapt to current and future studies and work environments.

Course Outcomes

The Health Studies General course is designed to facilitate achievement of the following outcomes.

Outcome 1 – Knowledge and understandings

Students understand factors and actions that influence health. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand the determinants of health
  • understand actions and strategies that influence health
  • understand and apply frameworks, models and theories to explain health concepts.

Outcome 2 – Beliefs, attitudes and values

Students understand the influence of beliefs, attitudes, values and norms on health. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand the relationship between beliefs, attitudes, values, and health behaviour
  • understand the influence of attitudes and values on health behaviour
  • understand the range of factors influencing beliefs, attitudes, values and norms.

Outcome 3 – Self-management and interpersonal skills

Students use self-management and interpersonal skills to promote health. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • apply self-understanding and decision-making skills
  • apply communication and cooperation skills.

Outcome 4 – Health inquiry

Students use inquiry skills and processes to investigate and respond to health issues. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • plan a health inquiry to define and research a health issue
  • use a range of information to explore a health issue
  • interpret information to develop a response to the health issue
  • present findings and link the investigation to the response.
Content Organisers Sub Organisers
Health Concepts Holistic health
Principles, frameworks, models and theories
Actions and strategies
Consumer health
Attitudinal and environmental influences Beliefs, attitudes and values
Social and cultural norms
Skills and processes Self-management skills
Interpersonal skills
Health inquiry

Physical Education Studies – ATAR

Study of the Physical Education Studies ATAR course contributes to the development of the whole person. It promotes the physical, social and emotional growth of students. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on understanding and improving performance in physical activities. The integration of theory and practice is central to studies in this course.

The Physical Education Studies ATAR course focuses on the complex interrelationships between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical and physiological factors that influence individual and team performance. Students engage as performers, leaders, coaches, analysts and planners of physical activity. Physical activity serves both as a source of content and data and as a medium for learning. Learning in the Physical Education Studies ATAR course cannot be separated from active participation in physical activities, and involves students in closely integrated written, oral and physical learning experiences, based upon the study of selected physical activities.

The course appeals to students with varying backgrounds, physical activity knowledge and dispositions. Students analyse the performance of themselves and others, apply theoretical principles and plan programs to enhance performance. Physical activity and sport are used to develop skills and performance along with an understanding of physiological, anatomical, psychological, biomechanical and skill learning applications.

The course prepares students for a variety of post-school pathways, including immediate employment or tertiary studies. It provides students with an increasingly diverse range of employment opportunities in the sport, leisure and recreation industries, education, sport development, youth work, and health and medical fields linked to physical activity and sport. The course also equips students to take on volunteer and leadership roles in community activities.

Course Outcomes

The Physical Education Studies ATAR course is designed to facilitate achievement of the following outcomes.

Outcome 1 – Skills for physical activity

Students apply decision making, movement and tactical skills to enhance participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • make on-the-spot decisions to apply movement patterns in solving tactical problems
  • perform movement skills to enhance participation
  • implement tactics to enhance participation.

Outcome 2 – Self-management and interpersonal skills for physical activity

Students apply self-management and interpersonal skills to enhance participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • apply mental skills in undertaking selected roles
  • make informed decisions in undertaking selected roles
  • apply communication skills in undertaking selected roles
  • apply cooperation skills in undertaking selected roles.

Outcome 3 – Knowledge and understanding of movement and conditioning concepts for physical activity

Students understand movement and conditioning concepts that enhance participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand movement concepts
  • understand conditioning concepts.

Outcome 4 – Knowledge and understanding of sport psychology concepts for physical activity

Students understand mental skills, motor learning, coaching and tactical concepts that inform the enhancement of participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand mental skills training concepts
  • understand motor learning and coaching concepts
  • understand tactical concepts of games and activities.

Organisation of Content

The course content is divided into six interrelated content areas:

  • Developing physical skills and tactics
  • Motor learning and coaching
  • Functional anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport psychology

Contexts (Sporting Activities)

  • Badminton
  • Basketball

Physical Education Studies – General

The Physical Education Studies General course contributes to the development of the whole person. It promotes the physical, social and emotional growth of students. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on understanding and improving performance in physical activities. The integration of theory and practice is central to studies in this course.

The Physical Education Studies General course focuses on the complex interrelationships between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical and physiological factors that influence individual and team performance. Students engage as performers, leaders, coaches, analysts and planners of physical activity. Physical activity serves both as a source of content and data and as a medium for learning. Learning in the Physical Education Studies General course cannot be separated from active participation in physical activities and involves students in closely integrated written, oral and physical learning experiences based upon the study of selected physical activities.

The course appeals to students, with varying backgrounds, physical activity knowledge and dispositions. Students analyse the performance of themselves and others, apply theoretical principles and plan programs to enhance performance. Physical activity and sport are used to develop skills and performance, along with an understanding of physiological, anatomical, psychological, biomechanical and skill learning applications.

The course prepares students for a variety of post-school pathways, including immediate employment or tertiary studies. It provides students with an increasingly diverse range of employment opportunities in the sport, leisure and recreation industries, education, sport development, youth work and health and medical fields linked to physical activity and sport. The course also equips students to take on volunteer and leadership roles in community activities.

Course Outcomes

The Physical Education Studies General course is designed to facilitate achievement of the following outcomes.

Outcome 1 – Skills for physical activity

Students apply decision-making, movement and tactical skills to enhance participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • make on-the-spot decisions to apply movement patterns in solving tactical problems
  • perform movement skills to enhance participation
  • implement strategies and tactics to enhance participation.

Outcome 2 – Self-management and interpersonal skills for physical activity

Students apply self-management and interpersonal skills to enhance participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • apply mental skills in undertaking selected roles
  • make informed decisions in undertaking selected roles
  • apply communication skills in undertaking selected roles
  • apply cooperation skills in undertaking selected roles

Outcome 3 – Knowledge and understanding of movement and conditioning concepts for physical activity

Students understand movement and conditioning concepts that enhance participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand movement concepts
  • understand conditioning concepts.

Outcome 4 – Knowledge and understanding of sport psychology concepts for physical activity

Students understand mental skills, motor learning, coaching and tactical concepts that inform the enhancement of participation in physical activity. In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand mental skills training concepts
  • understand motor learning and coaching concepts
  • understand tactical concepts of games and activities.

Organisation of Content

The course content is divided into six interrelated content areas:

  • Developing physical skills and tactics
  • Motor learning and coaching
  • Functional anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport psychology

Contexts (Sporting Activities)

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Vocational Education & Training – Outdoor Education

Year 11 – Certificate I in Sport & Recreation (Outdoor Focus)

This is a competency based course where students are assessed on the competency in a range of units through the Vocational Education and Training pathway. Assessment is based on various methods including written reports and practical assessment of skills.

This focus is on activities and practices that will enhance participation in the outdoors and has a strong practical emphasis. Activities include swimming, boating, sailing, navigation, camping skills and first aid.

Students will be required to participate in Seatrek (extended overnight expedition/camp over multiple nights) and possible day excursions.

Content

In semester 1 the focus for this unit is developing skills to experience the outdoors. Outdoor activities are introduced with a focus on water safety and skills, through participation in the Royal Lifesaving WA Bronze Medallion course and the Marine Education Boatshed Recreational Skippers Ticket and Yachting Australia Powerboat Course. Skills developed in these endorsed programs will enable safe participation in future endeavours.

In semester 2 the focus of this unit is facing challenges in the outdoors. This unit offers the opportunity to further develop the skills acquired by posing challenges and encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone in planning and preparing for Seatrek. Students must be ready to meet these challenges. Risk management and first aid strategies are taught in combination with studies of group development, group dynamics and leadership styles and strategies are explored. This unit also introduces environmental interpretation skills, minimal impact practices and components of weather as it relates to WA.

Year 12 – Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation           

This is a competency based course where students are assessed on the competency in a range of units through the Vocational Education and Training pathway. Assessment is based on various methods including written reports and practical assessment of skills.

This focus is on activities and practices that will enhance participation in the outdoors and has a strong practical emphasis. Activities include snorkelling, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, navigation, camping skills and first aid.

Students will be required to participate in an extended overnight expedition/camp over multiple nights and possible day excursions.

Content:

In semester 1 the focus for this unit is further developing skills to experience the outdoors. Outdoor activities are introduced with a focus on water confidence and mountain biking skills, through participation in snorkelling and a comprehensive mountain biking program. Skills developed in these activities will enable safe participation in future endeavours.

In semester 2 the focus of this unit is facing challenges in the outdoors. This unit offers the opportunity to learn new skills in canoeing and further develop skills acquired by posing challenges and encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone in organising a major camp. Students must be ready to meet these challenges. Risk management and first aid strategies are taught in combination with campsite maintenance and minimising environmental impact.

Interhouse and Interschool Sport

intersComo Secondary College takes great pride in giving opportunities to students to build further on content taught within the Health and Physical Education Department, notably Personal, social and community health and Movement and physical activity, by offering the opportunity to participate in competition within Interhouse and Interschool Sporting events and teams that also foster interpersonal skills and self-management skills, making healthy choices as well as teamwork and a positive school culture.

Como Secondary College offer students the opportunity to participate in the following Interhouse Competitions:

  • Interhouse Swimming Carnival – Term 1
  • Interhouse Athletics Carnival – Term 2
  • School Fun Run – Term 3

Como Secondary College participate in the following Interschool Competitions:

  • School Sport WA Swimming Carnival – Term 1
  • South East High Schools Sports Association Year 8 Lightning Carnival – Term 1
  • School Sport WA All Schools Cross Country – Term 2
  • School Sport WA Champion Schools Golf – Term 2
  • South East High Schools Sports Association Year 7 Lightning Carnival – Term 1
  • South East High Schools Sports Association Year 10 Lightning Carnival – Term 1
  • School Sport WA Smarter Than Smoking Cup (Junior Boys Soccer) – Term 2 & Term 3
  • School Sport WA Smarter Than Smoking Cup (Senior Girls Soccer) – Term 2 & Term 3
  • School Sport WA Smarter Than Smoking Cup (Open Boys Soccer) – Term 2 & Term 3
  • School Sport WA Ross Meadows Shield (Year 7-9 Hockey) – Term 2 & Term 3
  • School Sport WA Buchanan Cup (Open Girls Hockey) – Term 2 & Term 3
  • School Sport WA David Bell Cup (Open Boys Hockey) – Term 2 & Term 3
  • South East High Schools Sports Association Year 9 Lightning Carnival – Term 3
  • School Sport WA Track & Field Carnival – Term 4