Health and physical education


​The aim of Health and Physical Education (HPE) at Benowa State High School is outlined in our faculty mission statement; creating lifelong healthy and physically active citizens through the balanced development of competency and meaning.

That means that we want:

  • every Benowa State High School student to be physically active everyday.

  • every student leaving Benowa SHS equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to be fully engaged in a holistically healthy lifestyle that places a high priority on physical activity.

Our suite of subjects that we offer use these statements to guide us in the content and pedagogy used.

Junior Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education  is one of the ACARA core subjects that is studied by all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. 

Within Junior HPE students develop and maintain the knowledge, skills and  strategies to allow them to be lifelong holistically healthy citizens, capable of navigating and thriving within an increasingly complex and sedentary world. Areas studied that are applicable to their lives now and in the future include, mental health, nutrition, relationships and safe behaviours.

At the core of Junior Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities. Students are highly rewarded for displaying excellent attitudes and values towards physical activity through the quality of their participation therefore allowing all students the ability to succeed within the subject irrespective of natural physical abilities. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills.

Year 10

Year 10 HPE is split into 2 streams; Health Sports Science (HSS) and Health Sport Recreation (HSR).

HSS is a subject that provides multiple pathways into the whole suite of senior subjects.  Students study 2 terms each of physical education and of health. All terms have a component of physical activity to underpin the learnings for that term. Whilst students are expected to fully participate in the practical parts, as it forms the base for their theoretical knowledge, assessment is equally weighted across theory and practical experiences and thereby allows for success of all students. 

HSR is a more practically focussed subject than HSS. HSR is an ideal lead in to Senior Sport and Recreation or to the Certificate 3 in Fitness. Whilst the practical component of the subject contributes heavily to student marks they are also expected to maintain the effort in the theoretical assessment pieces.

Senior Health and Physical Education

In Year 11 and 12 students are provided with a range of choices that cater for students’ future pathways and interests. Students have the opportunity to choose more than one of these subjects.

Health (General)

Health provides students with a contextualised strengths-based inquiry of the various determinants that create and promote lifelong health, learning and active citizenship. It is a subject that allows students to apply newly learnt knowledge to what they are experiencing in the world right now and therefore creates a rich, meaningful, relevant learning environment.

Health is a subject that suits students with good academic rigour. The ability to write well is a critical factor in success and therefore a pre-requisite of a B minimum for Year 10 English is required. This subject might suit students with an interest in

  • health science
  • public health
  • health education​
  • allied health
  • nursing
  • medical professions

Physical Education (General)

Physical Education provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills to explore and enhance their own and others’ health and physical activity in diverse and changing contexts.

Physical Education is a subject that suits students with good academic rigour. Students need to be able to blend physical performance and theoretical tasks to achieve success. In this new QCAA format, Physical Education has more of a Sports Science flavour and much of the physical component provides context and data for the theoretical tasks rather than being performance purely for marks, therefore allowing a much wider range of students the opportunity for success. This subject might suit students who have an interest in:

  • exercise science
  • biomechanics
  • the allied health professions
  • psychology
  • teaching
  • sport journalism
  • sport marketing and management
  • sport promotion
  • sport development
  • coaching

Sport and Recreation (Applied)

Sport and Recreation provides students with opportunities to learn in, through and about sport and active recreation activities, examining their role in the lives of individuals and communities.

Sport and Recreation is a practically based subject and therefore suits students who experience success through the practical side rather than theoretical tasks. It must be noted that there is still a theoretical component to this subject that students must complete. To achieve success in this subject students need to be prepared to be physical active in every lesson. This subject suits students who have an interest in:

  • fitness
  • outdoor recreation
  • education
  • sports administration
  • community health
  • recreation
  • sport performance 

Certificate 3 in Fitness (VET)

Students gain the entry-level skills required of a fitness professional. Students deliver fitness programs within their school community. In addition to achieving their Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) students also gain their First Aid and CPR qualifications. Students can earn up to 8 QCE credits through completion of this course.

Programs include:

  • Community fitness program
  • Strength and conditioning for athletes and teams
  • Group fitness
  • Personal training adults (e.g. teachers and other staff)

This is a competency based subject and to achieve their Certificate III in Fitness students must have completed all units of work. A large portion of these units are taught in the classroom setting but completed in students own time, therefore to achieve success students must be willing to commit to being a self-directed learner.

This course has a blend of theory and practical experiences however much of the theory is embedded through practical lessons, therefore students need to be prepared to be fully engaged in all practical lessons.

A Certificate III in Fitness offers a range of job pathways.

  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Gym Fitness Instructor
  • Stepping stone to personal training, enabling you to progress into a Certificate IV in Fitness​​.
Last reviewed 28 September 2022
Last updated 28 September 2022