Katoomba High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

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.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students. It provides opportunities for students to learn about, and practice ways of, adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. It also involves students learning through movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, and improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts. It promotes the value of physical activity in their lives.

If you click on the links below you can see what is taught to each year group in PDHPE:

Year 7 PDHPE (doc 44 KB)

Year 8 PDHPE (doc 42 KB)

Year 9 PDHPE (doc 41 KB)

Year 10 PDHPE (doc 54 KB)


Physical Activities & Sports Studies (PASS)

PASS is our Stage 5 PDHPE elective course. In this course students are given the opportunity to study many aspects in the realms of sports science and sports careers. This subject has a significant practical component so an interest in physical activity is a must. Across the two years, students are offered the opportunity to study the following topics:

- Body Systems (Anatomy & Physiology)

- Physical Activity for Specific Groups – Young People

- Opportunities in Sport – Careers

- Physical Fitness

- FIFA World Cup / Olympic Games

- Enhancing Performance – Strategies & Techniques

- Technology in Sport

At the end of each year, PASS students are offered the opportunity to attend surf camp. Here they can learn a new skill that "Mountains Kids" would normally not get the chance to learn - Nearly standing up






Mr Hoffmann can't surf, but he does try.


You're doing it wrong Mr Daniels


Outdoor Education

In Outdoor Education we have a variety of outdoor activities, studying a variety of components such as:

- Leadership (outdoor centre research)

- Environmental Studies

- Map Skills, Orientation and Leadership

- Advanced Cliff Environments

- Bush Craft

- The Diverse Blue Mountains Environment

- Planning & Execution of a Journey

A major part of the course is "expeditions". These include, but are not limited to:

- 3 Sisters

- Abseiling

- Wild Dog Mountains (Megalong Valley) 3 day hike.

We live in an amazing place.


Getting ready for action.


Mr Huxley is an expert in his field.