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Hornsby Heights Public School

Hornsby Heights Public 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 between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6.

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.

PDHPE has 3 strands:

The strand Health, Wellbeing and Relationships focuses on students developing the knowledge, understanding and skills important for building respectful relationships, enhancing personal strengths and exploring personal identity to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others. Students develop strategies to manage change, challenges, power, abuse, violence and how to protect themselves and others in a range of situations.

The strand Movement Skill and Performance focuses on active participation in a broad range of movement contexts to develop movement skill and enhance performance. Students develop confidence and competence to engage in physical activity. They develop an understanding of movement concepts and the features of movement composition as they engage in a variety of planned and improvised movement experiences. Students create and compose movement to achieve specific purposes and performance goals. Through movement experiences students also develop self-management and interpersonal skills to support them to strive for enhanced performance and participation in a lifetime of physical activity.

The strand Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles focuses on the interrelationship between health and physical activity concepts. Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to empower them to make healthy and safe choices and take action to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities. They engage with a range of health issues and identify strategies to keep them healthy, safe and active.


House Sport

All children at H.H.P.S. are allocated to a House Team.

These House Teams are:
• Crosslands (blue),
• Galston (red),
• Somerville (yellow)
• Wiseman (green).

During school sport each child rotates in teams throughout a variety of sports taken by staff to develop their fundamental movement skills. All of these activities are designed to increase their abilities in hand eye co-ordination, ball skills, sporting techniques etc.

Sports Carnivals

Students from HHPS participate in several carnivals throughout the year. These include:
• The Swimming Carnival in Term 1
• Cross Country in Term 2
• Athletics Carnival in Term 2 or 3
• Hornsby District Ball Games Carnival

Students gaining a high place in the Swimming, Cross Country or Athletics Carnivals have the opportunity to represent HHPS at the Zone Carnival for that respective sport. If successful they are then able to compete against students from the North Sydney Area and then possible State representation.

At Hornsby Heights we encourage each child to do their best and represent their school with dignity and sportsmanship. HHPS has a proud tradition of high achievement in all of these areas.

H.Z.S.S. Sport

HZSS is part of the Hornsby Zone Schools Sports Association and we compete against schools in the Hornsby Zone.

Children who are interested in trialling for a number of different sports have the opportunity to be selected into our school sporting teams to compete in the HZSS competition or other carnivals or events which arise.

• Throughout Terms 1 and 4 Cricket and Softball are contested
• Terms 2 and 3 Soccer, Netball and AFL competitions take place against teams in the Hornsby PSSA Association.

Hornsby Heights fields competitive and enthusiastic teams in all these codes every year.

Special Events

The school also sends selected teams to participate in special Gala Days which occur throughout the year, including AFL in Paul Kelly Cup for Years 5 and 6 and Spring Cup for Years 3 and 4.

From time to time the school is approached by various sporting codes to run clinics with the children. If appropriate to the school program this is allowed to occur.