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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 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
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.

PDHPE at Canterbury Boys High School

The PDHPE faculty aims to develop students' capacity to enhance their personal health and well-being. It promotes their enjoyment of and commitment to an active lifestyle and helps our boys' achieve confidence and competence in a wide range of activities. Through PDHPE students develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that enable them to advocate lifelong health and physical activity.

What subjects/courses do we offer?

The PDHPE faculty offers a wide range of subjects and courses. These include:

  • Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8) – PDHPE
  • Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) –PDHPE and physical activity and sports studies (PASS) an elective.
  • Stage 6 (senior classes) –PDHPE and sport, lifestyle and recreation (SLR).

Depending on the students Year group they will follow the PDHPE curriculum designated to best suit them and their level. These have been rigorously designed and structured for the students to get the most out of their classes.

Download the Year 7 PDHPE course structure (pdf 127 KB) for more information.

Download the Year 8 PDHPE course structure (pdf 125 KB) for more information.

Download the Year 9 PDHPE course structure (PDF 106KB) for more information.

Download the Year 10 PDHPE course structure (PDF 201KB) for more information.

Download the Years 9 and 10 PASS course structure (PDF 222KB) for more information.

Download the 2 unit PDHPE course structure (PDF 274 KB) for more information on the PDHPE (Board of Studies developed course) – ATAR.

Download the 1 or 2 unit SLR course structure (PDF 170KB) for more information on the SLR (Board of Studies endorsed course) – non-ATAR.

What will students learn about in PDHPE?

Years 7 to 10 mandatory PDHPE provides students with both theory and practical lessons. The theory content focuses on important topics including: personal identity, the changing body, relationships, health issues (including mental health), drug safety, personal safety, minimising risk behaviour and the promotion of a balanced lifestyle. During practical lessons, students develop movement skills and tactical game play in a variety of sport applications. Students access our gymnasium, specialist outdoor sports fields (basketball, football, cricket nets) and our in-house gym when participating in practical lessons.

Within the stage 5 (year 9 and 10) elective study of PASS, students enhance their view of physical activity and the ways in which individuals build activity into their lifestyle.

The study of PDHPE and SLR in stage 6 (senior classes) involves students learning about and practising ways to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and improving their health within a social and scientific context,

What will students learn to do?

The Canterbury Boys' school community is committed to the boys' emotional, social and physical health and the study of PDHPE subjects delivers and develops important skills and knowledge in this area. Students will learn some important skills that will enable them to take action to maintain their health and physical activity. These include skills in communicating, interacting, problem solving, decision-making, planning and moving.


Our school also provides specialist facilities and equipment for our PDHPE and sport classes such as:

  • a gymnasium with basketball, volleyball courts, indoor soccer, cricket and hockey, change rooms, hot and cold showers.
  • personal fitness centre
  • sports field for rugby, soccer and hockey matches
  • competition standard table tennis tables
  • cricket nets
  • outdoor basketball and volleyball courts
  • handball courts
  • access to Blick Oval for interschool cricket and Soccer
  • access to Canterbury Pool for swimming
  • access to Campbell Athletics Field for carnivals.

Sports at Canterbury Boys High School

Sports are an important aspect of school life at Canterbury Boys High School (CBHS) with students having the opportunity to participate in a wide range of school, recreational and grade sports. Our boys excel at sport and are provided with ample opportunities to excel in this area.

Fantastic on-site facilities

Canterbury Boys High School boasts many facilities and available playing space for students to engage with sport and physical activity. Our specialist facilities include: a gymnasium, a dedicated weights room, an outdoor playing field, two outdoor basketball courts and two cricket nets in addition to other open grassed playing areas.

These facilities are extensive for a school in inner-west Sydney and are just perfect for students who love to engage with/excel in sports and physical activities. We design our school timetable specifically for boys, allowing for students to engage in some form of physical activity after each lesson of the school day. Many of our students engage in games of basketball, handball, football and other sports during recess and lunch breaks in addition to weekly sport and PDHPE lessons. 

Whole school sport

Sport is held every Wednesday afternoon from 12:50pm to 2:35pm. Students are expected to wear full sports uniform each Wednesday.

Whole-school sport is mandatory for all Years 7 to 10 students and is optional for senior students as they are engaged in HSC studies. Senior students can choose to participate in sport.

Summer sport competition is held in Terms 1 and 4. Winter sport competition is held in Terms 2 and 3. Years 7 to 12 may choose grade, recreational or school sport.

Grade sport involves competition between eleven schools that make up the St. George zone. These include Belmore, Blakehurst, Canterbury, Kingsgrove, Kingsgrove North, Kogarah, Peakhurst, St George Christian School, James Cook, Hurstville and Sydney Technical High School. Students travel with their coaches to local (home) matches and buses with teacher supervision are provided for visiting (away) matches.

There is a cost associated with grade sport due to students needing to travel via bus to various sports venues. Some recreational sports also have an entry fee to the venue. This will be identified on permission notes and is payable at the beginning of each sport term. Please contact the school to find out additional information.

Grade sport

The summer grade sports available at CBHS includes:

  • basketball
  • cricket
  • baseball/softball/t-ball
  • volleyball
  • touch football
  • table tennis
  • mini soccer.

Please select your summer grade sport using the summer sport selection Google doc.


The winter grade sports available at CBHS includes:

  • rugby league
  • soccer
  • table tennis

Recreational sport

The recreational sports available at CBHS includes:

  • ice skating
  • power walking
  • swimming
  • table tennis
  • weights.

School sport

For students wishing to participate in sport on the school premises, we offer a round-robin competition for each year group whereby, students participate in a range of sports on a rotational basis. These sports may include:

  • basketball
  • cricket
  • soccer
  • volleyball
  • touch football
  • hockey
  • European handball.