Harbord 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.

The participation, enjoyment and skill development of our students is the cornerstone of the school sport/physical activity program. All our students take part in this program in weekly  lessons run by specialist sports teachers.

Sport and physical activity is a valued part of our school's curriculum, contributing to the development of the whole child. It provides a vehicle for social, physical, emotional and moral learning and is an important expression of our culture.

There are also opportunities to represent our school at inter-school sports competitions. As a NSW public school we benefit from the opportunities for shared activities and competitions with other schools, coordinated by school sport associations. See the School Sport Unit website for details.

Sporting program

All students take part in programs each week with a specialist sports teacher to develop fitness and skills.  Annual carnivals are held in swimming, cross country and athletics. Students in year 2 and invited year 3 students take part in the special Swimming Scheme program.

Primary children are able to try out for positions in PSSA teams which represent the school including Rugby League, Soccer, Cricket, Netball, Volleyball, Softball, T-Ball and Eagle Tag.

The emphasis in all sporting activities is skill development, sportsmanship and enjoyment.