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Year 9 and 10 PDHPE students at preschool sports day

From Patrick Darvill, Head of Department – PDHPE

PDHPE classes visit Waterford preschool sports day

Year 9 and 10 PDHPE classes assisted with the Waterford preschool sports day on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

The senior school PDHPE classes assisted the preschool students in various events such as the bean bag throw, long jump, basketball throw and captain ball. The senior school classes also participated in these events much to the enjoyment of the preschool students.

Research shows that children’s participation in physical activity leads to better student engagement, improved academic achievement during school years, and better outcomes in adult life.

Health and Physical Education (HPE) is one of the eight Learning Areas of the Australian School Curriculum. Some of the focus areas of the HPE curriculum include – fundamental movement skills, games and sports, mental health and wellbeing and understanding the health benefits of physical activity.

The PDHPE department recently recognised National Health and Physical Education Day on Wednesday 5 September. The Australian curriculum calls for students to receive health and physical education from the first year of schooling until year 10.

Waverley College strives to develop students who understand the value of physical activity in healthy and active lives.