Killarney Heights High School

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Personal development, health and physical education

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


The PDHPE faculty is an innovative and enthusiastic faculty that focuses on delivering quality teaching to support 21st century learners.

The PDHPE faculty provides opportunities for all students to adopt lifelong healthy, active living. The knowledge, understanding and skills taught through health and physical education provide a foundation for students to enhance their own and others‘ health and wellbeing in ever-changing contexts.

Courses offered

The PDHPE curriculum offers the students the opportunity to partake in a range of different subjects from Years 7 to 12.

·        PDHPE Stage 4 and 5 (Years 7 to 10)

·        Physical activity and sports studies (PASS) content endorsed course (CEC)—Stage 5 (Years 9 to 10)

·        Child Studies 5 (Years 9 to 10)

·        Personal development, health and physical education Stage 6 (Years 11 to 12)

·        Sport, lifestyle and recreation Stage 6 (Years 11 to 12)

·        Community and family studies Stage 6 (Years 11 to 12)

OurFutures - Using Evidence Based Resources at KHHS

We are excited to have OurFutures Institute work with our school to deliver evidence-based, curriculum-aligned substance use and mental health programs for our students.

OurFutures Institute is a not-for-profit organisation delivering award-winning substance use and mental health prevention education for secondary school students. OurFutures was developed by researchers based at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney. The learning is delivered through cartoon education programs that young people identify with, using a social influence and harm minimisation approach.

By focusing on prevention, OurFutures looks to step in before harmful patterns of substance use start. The award-winning programs have been developed over two decades of rigorous research, and were co-designed with more than 200 young people and 390 teachers. They have proven efficacy from 8 clinical trials with 240 schools and 21,000 students.

The prevention education covers curriculum relevant content including: alcohol prevention education and harms; Cannabis and Drug prevention education and harms; and Mental Health wellbeing.

In recognition of the rising vaping crisis, OurFutures has taken action by developing Australia's most rigorous evaluation of a vaping prevention program.

We’re so happy to be able to set up our students for a bright and healthy future with OurFuture’s innovative prevention education!

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