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Health and Physical Education at Helensvale State School
At Helensvale State School Health and Physical Education is taught from Prep to Year 6. The curriculum is taken from the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority.
VALUES AND BELIEFS
Health and Physical education teaches students how to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. The Health and Physical Education learning area has strong foundations in scientific fields such as physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology which inform what we understand about healthy, safe and active choices.
Health and Physical Education addresses how contextual factors influence the health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity patterns of individuals, groups and communities. It provides opportunities for students to develop skills, self-efficacy and dispositions to advocate for, and positively influence, their own and others’ health and wellbeing.
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
Assessment of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10) takes place for different purposes, including:
·         ongoing formative assessment to monitor learning and provide feedback to teachers to enhance their teaching, and for students to improve their learning
·         summative assessment to assist schools in reporting the progress and achievement of students to parents and carers.
Teachers use the achievement standards during and at the end of a period of teaching to make on-balance judgments about the quality of learning students demonstrate.
·         Formal reporting to parents is done at the end of each semester. HPE teachers are available for interview by appointment. Contact can be made through the school office.
DELIVERY OF THE HPE PROGRAM
Mr Michael Cacciola:       Physical Education Specialist
 
Mrs Shelagh Strong:       Health Specialist
Lessons are delivered weekly for 30 minutes in both the Health and Movement strands.
PLANNING AND PROGRAMING
In teaching Health and Physical Education, creating opportunities for practical application will enhance the development of knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of relevant and meaningful health and movement focus areas.
The content descriptions in the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10) enable teachers to develop a variety of learning experiences that are relevant, rigorous and meaningful. Some students will require additional support to develop their skills in Health and Physical Education. Organisation of the curriculum in bands provides an additional level of flexibility to support teachers to plan and implement learning programs that are developmentally appropriate for all students.
In any given classroom, students may demonstrate a wide range of strengths, abilities and needs. Teachers should plan programs that recognise this diversity and provide students with multiple means of demonstrating their abilities and what they have learnt through the teaching and learning process. The use of flexible groupings when teaching Health and Physical Education and the provision of ongoing assessment are important elements of teaching and learning programs that accommodate a diversity of learning needs.
EXTRA CURRICULAR HPE EVENTS
*Cross Country: competitive long distance running for 10-12 yr olds
*Fun Run: A “ have-a-go” middle distance running event with the focus on participation and enjoyable physical activity
* Junior Athletics Carnival: prep-Yr 3 Athletics events and motor skill development
* Senior Athletics Carnival: Yr3- Yr6 Athletic events offering both competitive events and participation
*Swimming Carnival: Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival
*Trials for District Sporting Representation: Our school provides the opportunity for gifted students in their chosen sports to represent our District and beyond. Sports include Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Touch Football, Netball, Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Aquathon and AFL. The above 3 Carnivals (Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics) also provide the platform for District representation.