PE and Health

The Physical Education curriculum is innovative and progressive. Through movement, students will develop the knowledge and skills that promote a well-balanced and holistic lifestyle. Learning takes place in a positive and inclusive environment. The aim of the Physical Education curriculum is to engage and extend students Physical Fitness, Skill Acquisition, Self Esteem, Cognitive Processing and Social Skill development as a means of promoting lifelong participation in physical activity.

Course Summary

The Curriculum focus varies for each year group.

Year 7 - Students participate in a variety of units that focus specifically on the development of particular skills. These skills are developed through modified games and cooperative learning tasks.

Year 8 - Traditional skills and drills curriculum relating to a particular sport.

Year 9 - Sport Education. Students learn about all facets of a sporting competition. The students develop and implement all aspects of the competition.

Year 10 - Community and Leisure. Students learn about and access various activities that are available for the general community in combination with other traditional, sport based Physical Education units.

In all units skills are introduced progressively as higher standards of performance are achieved. PE is a compulsory subject for all students unless exempt for medical reasons with a medical certificate.


Students are expected to wear the following:

  • Black and red or red and white Belconnen High School PE t-shirt
  • Black tracksuit pants or shorts
  • Footwear appropriate for physical activity (these must have laces)
  • A hat, drink bottle and sun screen are also recommended.

School Sport

BHS participates in a wide range of SSSA sporting competitions. These take place both during the school day and after school depending on the sport.  Please ask the PE faculty should you have any questions regarding school sport.

In 2012 Belconnen High School were ACT school champions in Boys 9/10 Futsal, 7/8 Boys Super 8's Cricket, and 7/10 Boys Hockey.

PE Electives

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is a subject that fosters and encourages leadership and team work. We aim to prepare students for different situations, teach students how to identify and respond to safe and unsafe situations and apply the necessary skills to demonstrate a positive environmental ethic. Students can complete outdoor education over the 2 years with the focus on outdoor activities dependent on the season. Activities may include:

  • Surfing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Stand-up paddling
  • Rock climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Orienteering
  • Rogaining
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Hiking
  • Bushwalking
  • Outdoor specific first aid
  • Caving

Sports Science

Sports Science is a Semester unit where students learn the basics of Human Movement.  Students will have the opportunity to study how the body works, performs and reacts to different situations in theory and practice.  Both practical and theoretical components will be assessed.  Students will be given the opportunity to complete their Sports Medicine Awareness Certificate as part of this subject.  The key characteristics are:

Body systems - structure and function, names, locations and actions,

Sports Injuries - understanding the basic structure of those areas of the body most susceptible to sporting injuries and how to prevent them,

Drugs in Sport - various drugs used by athletes and drug testing procedures,

Nutrition - the principles for athletes and effects of good nutrition on sports performance.

Sports Leadership

Sports Leadership is designed to improve students' leadership skills, self-confidence, and knowledge of the principles and science of sports coaching. We aim to provide students with the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills, their ability to be adaptable and flexible in different situations as well as their ability to successfully work as a team to deliver positive learning experiences to younger students.

Sports Leadership allows students to gain an understanding of coaching theory and receive a Beginning Coaching General Principles qualification. Students put theory into practice by planning and implementing basic coaching sessions with primary school students.