Respect matters: Health and Physical Education

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Health and Physical Education

Through the Health and Physical Education curriculum, students develop the ability to access, evaluate and synthesise information and take positive action to protect, enhance and advocate for their own and others’ health, wellbeing, and safety. They develop and use personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills and strategies to promote a sense of personal identity and wellbeing. This supports students to build and manage respectful relationships. The HPE curriculum supports critical inquiry where students analyse the factors that influence decision-making, behaviours and actions and explore inclusiveness, power inequalities, assumptions and social justice. The strength-based approach to learning also recognises that all students and their communities have varying levels of access to personal and community resources depending on a variety of contextual factors that can influence their relationship decisions and behaviours.

There is scope to link learning about respect and relationships to the HPE focus areas including mental health and wellbeing (resilience, coping skills, help-seeking strategies), relationships and sexuality (bullying, harassment, power, discrimination, violence and assertiveness - offline and online) and safety (risk assessment, safe decision making, personal safety at home, school, parties, in relationships and in the community).

A healthy and supportive school environment is enriched through health promoting school policies and processes including partnerships with parents, community organisations and specialised services.

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Examine how identities are influenced by people and places - ACPPS051

Recognise how media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours - ACPPS057

Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community - ACPPS060

Practise skills to establish and manage relationships - ACPPS055

Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships - ACPPS056

Participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities - ACPMP067

Investigate resources and strategies to manage changes and transitions associated with puberty - ACPPS052

Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing - ACPPS053

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing - ACPPS054

Demonstrate ethical behaviour and fair play that aligns with rules when participating in a range of physical activities - ACPMP069