Physical Education and Health Department | Gippsland Grammar


Physical Education and Health Department

Physical Education and Health at Gippsland Grammar is more than just playing games. We aim to give our students knowledge and positive experiences to encourage them to be fit and healthy members of our community. We do this by providing opportunities to experience and learn the skills needed in a variety of sports, games and activities. In Health, an ongoing theme is the three elements of health; physical, social and emotional. As we look at a range of topics including nutrition, relationships and risk taking, we explore how they affect these elements. Classwork in Health can include any number of approaches, including role-plays, research projects, videos, demonstrations and discussions. This allows the students to reflect how the material being covered in class relates specifically to them.


What’s been happening in Physical Education & Health?

Year 7 classes have been investigating ‘What is Health?’ and Adolescent Development in Health. This has given them the chance to look at the choices they make and how they can have positive and negative consequences on their development. In Physical Education, classes have spent Term 1 challenging themselves in the Athletics unit and more recently improving their skills in Soccer. The Year 7’s will be looking forward to moving inside over the coming cooler months with the next practical unit of Basketball.


Year 8 classes spent Term 1 enhancing their skills in Athletics before moving into a unit of Badminton this term. This will be followed by an introduction to circuit training as a method of improving fitness levels. It seems that most students are looking forward to the challenges that Gymnastics will bring in Term 3 over at the Maffra Gymnastics Club. Health classes in first term have been spent covering Nutrition; researching and presenting on a range of areas including the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, High and Low GI foods, Nutrients required for development and Energy Balance. Term 2 has seen the students move on to learning about alcohol and the effect this can have on individuals and society.


Year 9 classes have focussed on a range of team sports throughout Semester 1. In Term 1 they developed their skills and knowledge in a Volleyball unit and have gone on to cover a range of football codes during Term 2. In Term 3, the Year 9 students will be turning their attention to the “My Favourite Sports” unit, where they are required to plan and implement a lesson for the rest of the class based around a sport or activity of their choice.  Health lessons in Semester 1 have focussed around learning about different aspects of mental health.


Year 10 students have been engaged in a range of different activities. Term 1 consisted of a unit covering various racquet sports such as Tennis, Badminton and Table Tennis. Term 2 has seen the Year 10 students developing their Netball skills as both an individual and as a team, leading up to some intra-class matches to finish the unit. They have also been utilising the fitness room as part of a weight training unit with the aim of improving their skills with the various machines and weights along with learning about how different variables can be manipulated to alter the outcomes in this method of training.