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Academic Curriculum

Benefits of Physical Activity

Waverley College Weights Room

From the Head of PDHPE, Patrick Darvill

The positive association between physical activity and the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual components of health are well researched. Regular participation in physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health.

A growing body of evidence shows physical activity improves academic achievement, as it enhances concentration and memory. It also provides students with opportunities to develop important social competencies such as problem solving, team-work and communication skills.

The Australian physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for children and young people recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. Please click HERE for more information.

The mandatory K-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to lead healthy active lives. It aims to develop a student’s capacity to enjoy an active lifestyle and participation in lifelong physical activity.

To complement the PDHPE curriculum, Waverley College also runs an extensive co-curricular and sport program.