Cootamundra 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 with multiple option to study PDHPE in Year 11 and 12.

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:

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.
  • Community and Family Studies.

Community and Family Studies


Unit Value:     2 Units

Coordinator:  Ms Briana Fritsch

HSC Exam:     3 hours



The course investigates the interactions between individual, family, community and society. During this course students are encouraged to become actively involved in contributing to society.


The course is structured around basic course modules:

  • Resource Management
  • Individuals and Groups
  • Families and Communities
  • Research Methodology
  • Groups in Context
  • Parenting and Caring


Students will also select one course option from:

  • Family and Social Interactions
  • Social Impact of Technology
  • Individuals and Work


Students will develop skills in conducting research. These skills will be used to complete an Independent Research Project.


The exploration of life issues makes this course valuable for and very interesting to all students.