Health and Physical Education

St Bede’s College recognises the importance of this Key Learning Area in a young man’s education. Indeed the two subjects of Health and Physical Education (HPE) are closely related.

HPE is a compulsory subject for all students from Years 7 to 10 at St Bede’s College.

HPE provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health. HPE focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in our society.

HPE is a unique subject area as it has the potential to directly impact the physical, social, emotional and mental health of students. It promotes lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of motor skills and movement competence, health-related physical fitness and sport education.

Our aim is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the pursuit of lifelong fun and involvement in physical activity for health and well-being.


  • Indoor Sports Centre
  • Weights room
  • Tennis Courts
  • Sports Ovals
  • Mentone beach

Years 7 and 8

At Years 7 and 8, the focus is primarily upon the “Movement and Physical Activity” dimension of the Victorian Curriculum. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual and team based sports:

  • Athletics
  • AFL
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Fitness Assessment

Emphasis is placed on combining motor skills and tactical knowledge to improve individual and team performance. Students progress from the learning of basic skills to complex movement patterns that form part of team games.

The “Personal, Social and Community Health” dimension covers topics such as:

  • Respectful relationships
  • Building resilience
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Emerging issues in drug and alcohol education
  • Bullying
  • Road safety

Years 9 and 10

Although HPE is an elective subject as part of the Pathways program, students must include HPE units in their subject selection. The more practical options include:

  • Racquet and bat sports (such as tennis, table tennis, badminton, cricket, golf, hockey and lacrosse)
  • Ball sports (such as Australian rules football, soccer, touch, Gaelic, gridiron, volleyball, European handball and netball)
  • Fitness and training which incorporates knowledge of the skeletal and muscular systems, components of fitness, fitness testing, training principles and methods. Students develop and participate in individualised training programs.
  • Sports skills and strategies which gives students an opportunity to investigate the strategies and tactics used in elite performance, games sense and biomechanics.
  • Science of sports which gives students an opportunity to investigate the areas of anatomy, physiology and sports nutrition. This subject is predominantly theory based, as a lead in to VCE Physical Education.

The Health Education unit which is more theoretically based can also be chosen at Years 9 and 10.

Units include:

  • Health across the lifespan
  • Risk taking and expressing independence
  • Developing personal identity
  • Mental health issues
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Sexual health
  • Road safety

The Outdoor Recreation unit examines the ways in which humans understand and relate to nature. It develops an understanding of nature through practical experiences and investigation of outdoor environments.

Units include:

  • Snorkelling
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Cable boarding
  • High ropes courses
  • Cycling


VCE Studies in Health and Physical Education

St Bede’s College offers VCE studies in:

  • Physical Education (Units 1 to 4)
  • Health and Human Development (Units 1 to 4)
  • Outdoor and Environmental Studies (Units 1 to 4)

VCE Physical Education examines the biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity. This VCE study is suitable for students with a wide range of aspirations, including those who wish to pursue further formal study at tertiary level or in vocational education and training settings. The study prepares students for such fields as the health sciences, exercise science and education, as well as providing valuable knowledge and skills for participating in their own sporting and physical activity pursuits to develop as critical practitioners and lifelong learners.

VCE Health and Human Development students investigate health and human development in local, Australian and global communities.

Health is a dynamic condition that is influenced by complex interrelationships between individuals and biomedical and behavioural factors, as well as physical and social environments. These interrelationships are reflected in a social view of health that sees health as being created in the settings where people live and work. This social view of health recognises the need for personal skills development, the importance of empowering communities to take action to promote health, the creation of social and physical environments that are supportive of health and development, an awareness of the impact on health of public policies and the need for health services to be oriented towards health promotion and the prevention of ill health.

VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies is concerned with the ways humans interact with and relate to outdoor environments. In this study both passive and active outdoor activities provide the means for students to develop experiential knowledge of outdoor environments. Such knowledge is then enhanced through the theoretical study of outdoor environments from perspectives of environmental history, ecology and the social studies of human relationships with nature