Riverstone High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.

PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.

The PDHPE faculty is comprised of highly motivated and enthusiastic staff. We PRIDE ourselves on providing engaging, high quality and inclusive teaching and learning experiences for all our students. We provide opportunities for students to learn about ways of adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life.

Students explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. Movement experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable are provided and improve their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts.

Head Teacher:

  • Ms Sarah Stewart


  • Mrs Cherie Bidois
  • Mr Joseph Concha (Sports Organiser)
  • Mrs Linzie Heather
  • Miss Bree McNamara
  • Mrs Aleasha Morgan
  • Mr Joshua Sale
  • Mrs Rachel Woods
  • Ms Cassie-Lee Obrien (English)
  • Mr Charles Said (TAS)

Subjects taught:

  • Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE): mandatory
  • Physical activities and sports studies (PASS): elective
  • Dance: elective
  • Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE): Stage 6 
  • Community and Family Studies (CAFS): Stage 6 
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR): Stage 6 


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes important for students to take positive action to protect and enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts. Physical education is fundamental to the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively.

Through PDHPE, students develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to help them become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens. Students learn in movement, about movement and through movement and are given opportunities to apply and adapt their skills across multiple contexts. The learning experiences in PDHPE provide students with a foundation to actively contribute to, and advocate for, the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others in the community and beyond school.

Concussion Clearance

The Australian Medical Association recommends students being symptom free of concussion for 14 days before returning to sport.

If your child/ward sustains a concussion, or experiences any concussion symptoms, in the 14 day period prior to the event commencing, you must report this to team officials, and a medical clearance is required in order for your child/ward to participate in the event. 

Medical clearances can be attached to this consent form or can be submitted to team officials separately.

Important information

In the event of injury, no personal injury insurance cover is provided by the NSW Department of Education for students in relation to school sporting activities, physical education lessons or any other school activity. The Department’s public liability cover is fault-based and limited to breaches by the Department of its duty of care to students that may result in claims for compensation.

Parents/Carers are advised to assess the level and extent of their child’s involvement in the sport program offered by the school, school sport zone, region and state school sport Associations when deciding whether additional insurance cover is required prior to their child’s involvement in the program. Personal accident insurance cover is available through normal retail outlets.

Parents/Carers who have private ambulance cover need to check whether that cover extends to interstate travel and make additional arrangements, as considered appropriate.

The NSW Supplementary Sporting Injury Benefits Scheme, funded by the NSW Government, provides limited cover for serious injury resulting in the permanent loss of a prescribed faculty or the loss of use of certain prescribed parts of the body. The Supplementary Scheme does not cover medical costs or dental costs. Further information can be obtained from https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/injured-or-ill-people/sporting-injuries/payments/#gref. Further information regarding student accident insurance and private health cover is provided at: https://app.education.nsw.gov.au/sport/file/1449.