Health and Physical Education provides a range of learning opportunities in Years 7-12 for all students to learn the importance and balance of a healthy lifestyle.  This incorporates an understanding of healthy eating, healthy amounts of exercise and a healthy mind.  Dedicated and experienced staff understand the importance of family and the vital role they play raising their children.  Having the support of the community through positive communication is a core priority in establishing positive relationships with families.  

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students study Health and Physical Education.  This comprises learning through and about physical activity, and the importance of health and how this influences our thinking.  In these years, learning comprises the investigation of nutrition, healthy eating, lifestyle disease, mental health and leadership.  Many sports are provided, and these include netball, cross country, touch football, volleyball, swimming, lifesaving, hockey, football (soccer), water polo and triathlon.  Other sports are covered within the three years’ course, based on interest and collaboration with teachers.

Students in these years are provided with three 40 minute lessons per week.

Years 10, 11 and 12

At A.B. Paterson College, Core PE is compulsory in Years 10 and 11.  This course is designed specifically to engage students in 80 minutes of physical activity to improve overall fitness, and assist student development for Associated Private Schools (APS) fixtures.  The purpose is to also provide opportunities for those students, who do not choose to study Physical Education, to commit to physical activity, which is conducive to improved academic performance, concentration and focus.

Students also select additional electives for these years of study; the faculty offers:

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Recreation (NON OP)

Students in these years are provided with five 40 minute lessons per week.

Physical Education

The purpose of Physical Education is to instil, at an early age, the value of self-preservation and choosing a lifestyle that is good for both the mind and body.  Students will also learn the value of taking care of themselves, through understanding how exercise physiology and the benefits on the body and mind can be enhanced through healthy eating and regular exercise. Many doctors today agree that obesity is a serious health risk.  Physical Education at A.B. Paterson College is one preventive measure to teach the importance and value of regular exercise. 

The Physical Education course also engages both students and their parents in the learning journey.  Through strong academic rigour and work ethic, students continue to develop their higher order thinking skills and creativity through the application and evaluation of sporting performance, with the theories of sports science.  The Senior Programme engages students in the learning of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, motor learning and skill acquisition, sport sociology and equity in sport.  Sports studied are netball, touch football, swimming and volleyball.

Health Education

Students, who wish to select this subject, find themselves in an action-oriented course that inspires them to evaluate their own and others’ health, and develop strategies to maximise their own health and well-being.  It also builds understanding of their place in the world, as it is founded on the social view of health within a social justice framework.  

Health Education students develop an understanding of how to build positive relationships, make responsible decisions, work effectively in teams and develop an empathy for others. They will learn how to enable, mediate and advocate for others.


Recreation is an alternative pathway that provides students with an opportunity to participate in physical activity, while developing skills necessary for, and beneficial to, life. Whether these skills are oriented towards work, fitness or recreation, students will develop their interpersonal skills, to learn and function in varied situations, and to acquire specific knowledge and skills related to further training and employment.  The recreational pursuits students engage in are: Recreation and Fitness Industry, Community Health and Fitness Accessibility, Sponsorship and Funding, and First Aid Qualifications.