Key Learning Area Coordinator: David Mackinnon

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) staff at St Dominic’s contribute significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the students. We provide opportunities for students to learn about, and practise methods of adopting and maintaining a healthy, productive and active life. We utilise outstanding facilities at St Dominic’s to provide for unique learning experiences that are both challenging and enjoyable, while at all times being mindful of improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence in a variety of contexts.

The PDHPE staff aims to develop in students the knowledge and skills needed to understand and enhance their interactions and interpersonal relationships in ways that promote positive health and movement outcomes for themselves and others. This is delivered through the mandatory Stage 4 and Stage 5 curriculum. All students have the opportunity to extend their studies in PDHPE by electing to do Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) in Year 9 and 10, or 2 Unit HMS in Years 11 and 12. These exciting courses provide students with unequalled opportunities to develop their understanding of sports, training, coaching, and the physiological and psychological workings of the human body in response to exercise.

The PDHPE staff at St Dominic’s value physical fitness and model healthy lifestyles. We provide opportunities for students to develop, adapt and improvise their movement skills in a wide variety of challenging contexts and environments that appeal to their needs and interests thus enhancing their enjoyment and excitement in sport, and ultimately increasing the likelihood of lifelong physical activity.

PDHPE Courses offered include:
Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6
  • PASS


• Sports Lifestyle and Recreation

• Sports Coaching