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.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Exercise
At Brookvale Public School students are engaged in weekly skills-based activities based on the Fundamental Movement Skills which allow students to enjoy the wide range of physical activities, sports and recreational pursuits offered in our communities. During Term 2 and 3 classes from K-6 participate in Dance (Term 2) and Gymnastics (Term 3) lessons designed and implemented by professional coaches from Flip Sport.
Brookvale has four houses which are Aboriginal words, Malbooma, Baringa, Woomera and Eurobin. House points can be earned in the playground, classroom and at sporting activities. Brookvale participates in local and regional inter-school sports competitions, such as PSSA and Zone Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming.
Students at Brookvale participate in a wide range of additional physical exercise programs and activities throughout the year. Brookvale participates in the Premier's Sporting Challenge, each year, in which student's physical activity is recorded over a ten week period in order to increase students' awareness of how healthy they are physically. Student and school prizes are awarded for the most activity.
Each year Brookvale students from Years 3-6 have the opportunity to participate in the school Swimming Carnival and all students, Years K-6, take part in the Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals.
In Term 4, students from Years K-4 hone their swimming skills in a specialist swimming program at one of our local Aquatic Centres whilst Years 5-6 students learn about surf safety at the beach.
Brookvale Public School has a good working relationship with our local TAFE and we invite trainee personal trainers to come to school to teach students during their course. Students love having the visiting coaches and participating in their exciting lessons.