Health and Physical Education

“Our aim is to empower students to become confident and capable lifelong participants of healthy and active lifestyles.”

In Health and Physical Education, our aim is to empower students to become confident and capable lifelong participants of healthy and active lifestyles. Our subjects strengthen and expand knowledge, understanding and skills to build upon students’ capabilities, enabling them to learn effectively and creating opportunities to flourish and succeed to become confident and competent lifelong learners. Students learn analytical skills (data interpretation), research skills and inquiry processes, which are transferable to the workplace and future education. Students are given opportunities to develop skills and abilities through the many contexts in which our learning area offers. Our teachers believe in educating the “whole child” and supporting their wellbeing, enabling a rich and authentic connection.

The WA curriculum in Health and Physical Education is divided into two major strands: Movement and physical activity; and Personal, social and community health and then content in each strand is organised under three interrelated sub-strands:

Movement and physical activity – Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Volleyball Specialist, Physical Recreation

  • Moving Our Body – Improving performance, students transfer learned specialised movement skills with increasing proficiency and success across a variety of contexts. Using feedback to improve their own and others’ performance with greater consistency and critically evaluate movement responses based on the outcome of previous performances.
  • Learning Through Movement – Self-assessing their own and others’ leadership styles and apply problem-solving approaches to motivate participation and contribute to effective team relationships. Taking opportunities to assume direct control of physical activities in coaching, coordination or officiating roles.
  • Understanding Movement – Analyse movement, broadening their understanding of optimal techniques necessary for enhanced athletic performance.

Personal, social and community health – Health Education and Outdoor Education

  • Being health, safe and active – improving decision making skills regarding their own health, safety and wellbeing. Enable access and understand health information to empower them to make health, safe and active choices. Exploring personal identities and emotions, and the contextual factors that influence student’s health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing – improving knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to critically engage with a range of health focus areas and issues. Applying new information to changing circumstances and environments that influence their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Contributing to health and active communities – improving knowledge and skills enabling critical analyse of contextual factors that influence the health and wellbeing of communities. Selectively accessing information, products, services and environments to take action to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Interschool Sport
Apart from the formal curriculum, there are also excellent opportunities for students to represent their school in interschool sport. These include:

  • Interschool Swimming (March, Term 1);
  • SCAPHE Lightning Carnivals – AFL, netball, soccer and basketball: Year 7 (Term 3), Year 8 (Term 2), Year 9 (Term 2), Year 10 (Term 1).
  • Interschool Athletics (Track and Field) (Term 4);
  • Tournaments as part of the Specialist Volleyball program.

All our extra-curricular sporting opportunities, including the school swimming and athletics carnivals, contribute to our pastoral focus of care and concern as part of a wider school approach to meet the needs of every child. Representing the school in sport is considered a high honour and is looked upon by the school as a high and noteworthy achievement.

Through a focus on care and support, our teachers model the types of behaviour that develop good attitudes and values towards health and physical activity. We do this to help each child reach their potential and develop important social critical skills as part of a holistic program. As we recognise the role the family has to play in also developing healthy attitudes for now and into the future, we encourage parents to keep in contact with us over their child’s journey in our programs.

Course Offerings in Year 11 and 12

The following courses are offered to Year 11 and 12 students:



Health Studies focuses on the study of health as a dynamic quality of human life. Students develop their knowledge and skills necessary to promote the importance of personal and community health. Other course content includes how the influence of beliefs, attitudes and values affect health behaviour and the importance of self-management and interpersonal skills in making healthy decisions.

Prerequisite – C or better in Year 10 English, EALD or HASS.


Physical Education contributes to the development of the whole person. It promotes the physical, social and emotional growth of students. Physical Education engages students as performers, leaders, coaches, analysts and planners of physical activity. Students study sports performance and the concepts involved in movement through engaging in a variety of sports both during practical and theory based lessons.

Prerequisite –  – B or better in Year 10 Physical Education / Volleyball, B or better in Year 10 Science and C or better in Year 10 English.



Physical activity and sport are used to develop skills and performance, along with an understanding of physiological, anatomical, psychological, biomechanical and skill learning applications. Students engage as performers, leaders, coaches, analysts and planners of physical activity.

Prerequisite – Nil


Outdoor Education facilitates the development of knowledge and skills for participating safely in a range of outdoor activities along with a greater understanding and appreciation of the local natural environment. Practical activities include: snorkelling, backpacking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, mountain biking, sailing and camping.

Prerequisite – Nil



This course focuses on giving students workplace skills for the Sport and Recreation Industry. Throughout this course, students will learn how to work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments, plan and conduct programs, organise schedules and use social media tools for collaboration and engagement for a sport or recreational facility. To enable students to work hands-on in the sport and recreation industry, they will also learn how to maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities and conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreational sessions.

Prerequisite – Nil

The school has excellent facilities including a 25m swimming pool, a large gymnasium with sprung floor, a Health and Wellness Centre (yoga, pilates, boxercise, etc.), a Weight and Fitness Centre, walk-top tennis courts and two outdoor turf surfaces. Considerable care is given to students in regards to sun exposure by rotating classes through the gymnasium and fitness centres where possible.

If you would like to know more about what the Health and Physical Education Learning Area at Rossmoyne Senior High School can offer your child, please do not hesitate to call the Head of Learning Area on (08) 9235 1600.