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Health, Physical Education and Sport

The Years 8–10 Health and Physical Education key learning area reflects the dynamic and multi-dimensional nature of health and recognizes the significance of physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in contemporary Australian society.
The key learning area provides a foundation for developing active and informed members of society, capable of managing the interactions between themselves and their social, cultural and physical environments in the pursuit of good health.
The key learning area offers students opportunities to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary for making informed decisions about:
  • promoting the health of individuals and communities
  • developing concepts and skills for physical activity
  • enhancing personal development
Students are encouraged to act, individually or collectively, in culturally appropriate ways, to enhance health and wellbeing and to promote structures in society which support their own and other’s health and wellbeing.
Active engagement in physical activity is a major emphasis in the key learning area. This emphasis recognizes that participation in physical activity promotes health and acknowledges the unique role of physical activity as a medium for learning. A significant amount of time in the key learning area should be allocated to learning experiences that actively engage students in physical activity. 

Core Physical Education Year 7-10

Year 7, 8 and 9

In health and physical education students learn about promoting the health of individuals and the community. They develop concepts and skills for physical activity and work on their personal development. A significant amount of time is allocated to physical activity through sports and games.

Core curriculum

The effects of the social and physical environment on health and safety including:
1.    Diet, environment, actions and activities;
2.    Health products and services;
3.    Plans for personal health and fitness; and
4.    Recognition and management of risky situations.
Students in year 10 continue to study health and physical education; however students will be placed into classes based on previous results – core, advanced.
Advanced students may engage in the study of:
1.    Biomechanics - Badminton
2.    Fitness - Touch
3.    Sociology - Netball
4.    Skill Acquisition - Volleyball
Core students may engage in the study of:
1.    Fitness - Athletics
2.    Sports Injuries - Basketball/Netball
3.    Sports Coaching - Touch/Volleyball
4.    Nutrition - Softball

Sports Performance

In years 9 and 10 students are given the option to study an elective called sports performance.
The sports performance course is designed specifically to cater for talented performers at Forest Lake SHS. It aims to produce athletes who are learning how to be proactive in the development of their sporting careers. The emphasis of this course is on physical skill and fitness development. Students will be given the opportunity to improve the specific components which are important to their chosen sports and performance activities. 
Students will gain an understanding of:
1.   How to design specific fitness programs and maintain a weekly training diary;
2.   How to understand the body’s energy systems and how they influence physical performance;
3.   How to analyse athlete technique and apply biomechanical principles to improve  performance;
4.   The psychological skills relevant to sport and everyday life (e.g. motivation and goal setting).

Year 11 and 12

Physical Education

Physical Education is an authority subject. It involves the performance of physical activities and the study of theoretical perspectives in the modern world. Students will be required to participate in a range of physical activities and possess sound written, oral and electronic communication skills.

Students may engage in the study of:
1.    Touch Football - Socio-cultural foundations of physical activity.
2.    Badminton - Skill acquisition
3.    Volleyball - Biological bases of training and exercise
4.    Aquathon - Biomechanics


Health Education is an authority subject. It offers students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills necessary to reach their health potential. Social, political, environmental and economic influences on health are studied in the course. There is a strong influence on health promotion and maintenance. Students are encouraged to act individually and collectively in appropriate ways, to enhance their own and other’s health and wellbeing.

Students may engage in the study of:

1. Personal Health – The issue is obesity and how poor lifestyle choices lead to very serious health risks.

2. Peer and Family Health – The peer health issue is stress and how it can lead to illness and depression. The family health issue examines domestic violence and the focus is on how to develop happy, effective relationships and families.

3. Community and Environmental Health – The community health issue focuses on organ donation raising awareness of the issues surrounding organ & tissue donation within a defined community. Environmental Health examines sustainability and the social and environmental factors that affect sustainable practices.

4. Health of Specific Populations – The specific population we focus on is adolescent binge drinking and we investigate the misuse of alcohol in young people and the dangerous binge drinking culture surrounding them.

Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

This certificate is designed as an alternative to physical education or as an additional subject which may be studied in conjunction with physical education. The sport and recreation studies subject allows students to study a range of sporting pursuits, with a vocational education and Training (VET) certificate embedded within the course. All students will be engaged in units which integrate physical and theoretical units.

Certificate II in Sport and Recreation - Rugby League Specialisation

Forest Lake State High School offers a rugby league speciality within the certificate II sport and recreation. This course is specifically designed to cater for elite performers and to produce “educated athletes” who are proactive in the development of their sporting careers.   Students are exposed to a wide range of physical activities and high intensity training methods to improve their performance in rugby league. Students are also educated on how to design and evaluate training programs: the prevention, management and treatment of sporting injuries and the analysis of nutritional habits. Students who select this subject are expected to participate in Broncos challenge competitions and district finals days. 

Certificate III in Fitness

This course is offered by the Metropolitan Schools Training Unit (MSTU) and prepares students to work confidently and effectively as a qualified fitness instructor in group settings. Upon successful completion students are eligible to register with Fitness Queensland as a fitness instructor.

Certificate III in Allied Health

The healthy futures program is a school based subject which provides students with the opportunity to gain a certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.
The qualification covers people who provide assistance to allied health professionals - workers would operate under the supervision of health professionals.
This certificate will lead directly to employment. Occupational titles may include:
  • Therapy assistance
  • Podiatry assistant
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Speech Pathology assistant
If you require any further details, please contact:
Cameron Webb, Head of Department (Health, Physical Education and Sport)
on 3714 2333 or