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James Ruse Agricultural High School

James Ruse Agricultural High School

Gesta Non Verba

Telephone02 9871-7126


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.

PDHPE is mandatory from Year 7 to Year 10, with elective courses also available.

  • Year 9    -    we offer the elective Physical Activity and Sports Studies
  • Year 10    -    Accelerated Health and Movement Science (Year 11 course). From 2025 Psycology.
  • Year 11    -   Accelerated Health and Movement Science (Year 12 course)

The PDHPE program at James Ruse Agricultural High School ensures that students practise, develop and refine the physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills that are important for engaging in movement and a healthy, safe and physically active life.

Throughout years 7 – 10 students are provided with opportunities to develop fundamental and tactical movement skills in a variety of physical activities and sports. The theory component of the program enables students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.

The James Ruse Fitness Program allows individual students to improve their health-related fitness by building self-regulated physical activity. This encourages our students to participate in a lifetime of physical activity with confidence.