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Callaghan College Wallsend Campus

Callaghan College Wallsend Campus

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Personal development, health and physical education

PDHPE Faculty

Andrew Johnson

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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.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.


It is the aim of PDHPE faculty to encourage all students to participate in all areas of PD/H/PE to the best of their ability. All faculty members endeavour to create a safe learning environment where students can enjoy all the subject has to offer.

Having fun is our major goal!!!

Lunchtime competitions

Students are encouraged to participate and be active in a variety of organised lunchtime competition throughout the year.

Winning teams receive a prize, perpetual trophy and are invited to the annual sports presentation evening.

Competitions include:

  • Touch football
  • Mixed Volleyball
  • Cage Soccer
  • Netball
  • Dodgeball
  • Singles
  • Doubles Paddle Tennis
  • Singles Paddle Tennis
  • Slider Hockey
  • 3v3 Basketball

Inter-College Sporting Challenge 

Wallsend Campus has a strong and proud sporting culture. The school annually competes in all NSWCHS knockout competitions and compete in a wide variety of sporting gala days. Students in years 8 and 9 are given the opportunity to be involved in a two-day sporting challenge between Hastings College Port Macquarie Campus (North Coast), Great Lakes – Forster Camus (Mid-North Coast) and South Dubbo Campus (Western Region). 48 students are selected to compete in Netball, Soccer, Touch, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Swimming, and Athletics. The exchange occurs during Term 4 with the host school rotating each year between each college. 

PDHPE program

Practical activities include:

  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Aquatics
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Fitness Testing
  • Dance
  • Ball Skills
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Dodge Ball
  • Hockey
  • Games of the World
  • Indigenous Games
  • Softball
  • Indoor Sports
  • Soccer
  • Polo Hockey
  • European Handball
  • Netball
  • Recreational Sports – Archery, Golf & Bocce.

Theory Units include:

Year 7

  • Building positive relationships / Facing new challenges
  • Be active/ Be healthy
  • Managing change

Year 8

  • Health matters
  • Supporting myself and others
  • Drugs, reality and risks

Year 9

  • Making a difference / Celebrating diversity
  • Healthy balance
  • Influences, decision & consequences

Year 10

  • Risky business
  • Independent research project
  • Overcoming adversity

 Uniform requirements

  • Callaghan College PE Shirt
  • Callaghan College PE Shorts / Track Pants
  • Joggers

Equipment requirements

Students are required to bring their on device or A4 exercise book to each theory class. Students involved in the Year 8,9 & 10 PASS electives will be given a workbooklet.


Assessment schedules are available on the student intranet.

Inability to participate in practical lessons

  • If your son/daughter is unable to participate in practical lessons due to illness or injury please inform his/her teacher in writing.
  • If you have any enquiries regarding your child’s involvement in PD/H/PE please contact me at school on 49511811.

School sport houses

The school house names reflect the history of the region and the school and date back to the original school. There is reference to them in the original school song.

All students are assigned to houses when they enrol. These houses are based on students last names. Students compete in houses at the campus traditional carnivals (swimming, cross country and athletics), the two House v House tabloid sporting events and colour run.

  • A – D = Brooks (Blue)
  • E – K = Fletcher (Yellow)
  • L – Q = Nash (Green)
  • R – W = Willis (Red)

Sport policy

Click here to view the campus Sport Policy in Adobe Reader.