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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Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities - ACPPS070

Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity - ACPPS079

Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing - ACPPS074

Analyse factors that influence emotions , and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity - ACPPS075

Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities - ACPMP086

Evaluate strategies to manage personal, physical and social changes that occur as they grow older - ACPPS072

Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing - ACPPS077

Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns - ACPMP088

Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others - ACPPS072

Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities - ACPPS077

Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation - ACPMP088