Physical Education (PE)
PE is taught as a Core subject up until Year 10 where the subject can then be accessed via the elective program.
At Years 7 and 8, our students participate in the Sports Education program where they develop the skills and knowledge of different sports to compete and officiate at interschool sport level and compete in athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals.
At Year 9, PE is a core subject and can also be taken as an elective to further prepare for VCE studies.
Year 9/10 Physical Education Elective
Through the Year 9/10 elective program, students will analyse and evaluate their own physical activity levels, investigate different components of fitness and factors which affect being inactive in Australia. They will also explore the various systems of the body and how their function affects performance, as well as the acquisition of skills and how they are taught.
Students will engage in a variety of recreational and sporting activities. Students look at the theory that underpins the parts of the program. Students will participate in peer teaching or coaching situations with a focus on skill development and improvement. They will undertake a variety of roles in team games and assume responsibility for the organisation of aspects of a sporting competition.
For students to be able to select Physical Education they must have or purchase the entire school PE uniform.
Physical Education is also offered at VCE along with Outdoor Educational Studies.
VCE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students examine the biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity. Physical Education focuses on the complex interrelationship between motor learning and psychological, biomechanical, physiological and sociological factors that influence physical performances, together with the wider social attitudes to and understanding of physical activity.
Unit 1: Bodies in Motion
Students explore how body systems work together to produce movement and analyse this motion using biomechanical principles. They are introduced to the aerobic and anaerobic pathways that provide muscles with the energy required for movement and the basic characteristics of each pathway. Students use practical activities to demonstrate biomechanical principles and how the correct application of biomechanics and technology can lead to improved performance in sport and physical activity.
Outcome 1: Collect and analyse information from, and participate in, a variety of practical activities to explain how the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function, and how the aerobic and anaerobic pathways interact with the systems to enable human movement.
Outcome 2: Collect and analyse information from, and participate in, a variety of practical activities to explain how to develop and refine movement in a variety of sporting actions through the application of biomechanical principles.
Outcome 3: A choice of two detailed studies are available in Unit 1. One detailed study is to be selected from:
- Technological advancements from a biomechanical perspective
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Unit 2: Sports Coaching & Physically Active Lifestyles
Students explore and apply a range of coaching practices and their contribution to effective coaching and improved performance of an athlete. Students are introduced to physical activity and the role it plays in the health and wellbeing of the population. They explore factors that affect participation in regular physical activity, and collect data to identify perceived barriers and the ways in which these barriers can be overcome.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate knowledge of, and evaluate, the skills and behaviours of an exemplary coach, and explain the application of a range of skill learning principles used by a coach.
Outcome 2: Collect and analyse data related to individual and population levels of participation in physical activity, and sedentary behaviour, and create and implement strategies that promote adherence to the National Physical Activity Guidelines.
Outcome 3: A choice of two detailed studies are available in Unit 2. One detailed study is to be selected from:
- Decision making in sport
- Promoting active living.
Unit 3: Physical Activity Participation & Physiological Performance
Students develop a physiological understanding of physical activity: the contribution of energy systems to performance in physical activity, as well as the health benefits to be gained from participation in regular physical activity.
Outcome 1: Analyse individual and population levels of sedentary behaviour and participation in physical activity, and evaluate initiatives and strategies that promote adherence to the National Physical Activity Guidelines.
Outcome 2: Use data collected in practical activities to analyse how the major body and energy systems work together to enable movements to occur, and explain the fatigue mechanisms and recovery strategies.
A new and very exciting option from 2014 is choosing to be involved in the Sports Academy program, which involves Yrs 7 to 12 in a comprehensive range of skill development, community engagement and exploration of career paths including coaching and Sports Administration. Click HERE for more about McClelland's Academy Program.