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Bankstown Girls High School

Bankstown Girls High School

Semper Optime (Always the best)

Telephone02 9709 6788

Personal development, health and physical education

The PDHPE faculty provide unique learning experiences for all students at Bankstown Girls High School. Students examine learning through a variety of different concepts that cater to all the needs of our students. Through practical learning, students explore real world applications in a student led setting that enables them to develop their personal learning. The PDHPE staff consist of passionate and experienced teachers who expose the students to high quality learning experiences that motivate and encourage our students to push themselves and achieve at a high level. Our active involvement in school life and extra-curricular activities provides an opportunity for all students to succeed and enables students the chance to explore their strengths to gain valuable life-long learning experiences. The success of students through sport is guided by our active culture at Bankstown Girls High School, and immense pride is taken in ensuring all participants have the opportunity to express their skills and talents. Physical activity is valued and promoted and regardless of ability, all students are known, valued and cared for.

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 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.

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.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies


The PDHPE faculty is proud to be implementing STEAM within PDHPE through the Let’s Get the Ball Rolling program. This STEAM program is designed and implemented by the PDHPE faculty and is individualised to target the specific needs of Bankstown Girls High School students through utilising engaging and meaningful resources. Students will undertake meaningful and engaging programs that embed the foundations of STEAM within the PDHPE curriculum. The STEAM program distinctly blends STEAM content areas through hands on/active play and sports. The practical application through sport and physical activity provides a platform to develop students skills through the adaptation of STEAM concepts; therefore, learning is integrated, engaging and meaningful as participants are exposed to STEAM applications through real world experiences.

Students will explore many different activities that are collaborative in nature and inquiry based, which will allow learners to make discoveries for themselves. The Let’s Get the Ball Rolling program is designed for the lifelong skill of problem-solving and is student led, encouraging ownership of their own development. All learning opportunities have been designed for ensuring success of all participants and are catered to the different learning needs of our diverse student body.