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Health and Physical Education


Health and physical education (HPE) provides a foundation for students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to adopt lifelong habits for healthy and active living.

At Coorparoo Secondary College we aim to help young people take an active role in improving, maintaining and protecting their health.

Subjects offered

Year 7, 8 and 9 HPE

In years 8 and 9 students study HPE for two lessons a week throughout the school year as a core subject. Three strands of knowledge and understanding are covered: Health; physical activity; and personal development.

Year 10 HPE

In year 10 students study HPE for two lessons a week all year as a core subject. Students either select HPE as a preparatory subject for senior physical education and health or recreation as a preparatory subject for senior recreation.

Year 11 and 12 Physical Education

Physical education in the senior school involves students learning in, about and through physical activity. It focuses on the complex interrelationships between motor learning and the factors that influence both team and individual performances.

Year 11 and 12 Health Education

Health education aims to give students the knowledge and skills they need to have control over their own health and make a difference to the health of others. Health is seen as a quality of life that is influenced by socio-cultural, physical, political and economic environments. The course is developmental, students are encouraged to continually broaden the scope of health issues examined. Health education gives students significant experience in primary and secondary research techniques and prepares them to take action to improve health outcomes for themselves and others.

Year 11 and 12 Recreation

The study of recreation aims to allow students to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and values in, about and through recreation activities. This should thereby enhance their prospects of employment within the sport and recreation industry.