Students learn a variety of sports and engage in physical activities that are aimed to provide a sense of enjoyment, develop life-long interest in physical activity for health and foster positive social skills.
Health and Physical Education at Merredin College is dedicated to the delivery of a program which provides students with opportunities to participate and excel in physical activities in an enjoyable, caring environment. Our program is designed to provide students with a holistic approach to developing their mind and body.
The learning area develops physical skills to an appropriate level for each student and offers opportunities to compete in house and inter school sporting competitions.
Our aim is to educate students to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity and to equip them to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Health and Physical Education program also focuses on giving students the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
The College also provides extra opportunities for high achieving and enthusiastic athletes. Students have the opportunity to represent the College and the local community in sports such as basketball, netball, hockey, volleyball, Australian Rules football and tennis. Interschool competitions in swimming, athletics and cross country are well attended by Merredin College students with a great degree of success.
The ultimate success indicator is when students continue to participate in sporting and recreational activities with responsible lifestyle choices in their post school years.
Primary Health and Physical Education
Our primary students take part in physical activity each day and have the opportunity to participate in the annual swimming and athletics carnivals. The cross country and winter carnival are also popular events.
Secondary Health and Physical Education
Lower secondary Merredin College Health and Physical Education students study the following courses:
More About Each Context
The Physical Education program is designed to develop movement and physical activity in our students. We provide our students with a wide variety of sports that may not otherwise get to participate in whilst living in the country.
These sports include:
- Ultimate Frisbee
- European Handball
Our Year 10 program provides students with an opportunity to choose between three different sporting areas:
Ball Sports Program
This program covers and continues to develop the skills learnt from the sports covered in the previous years.
Students use the Merredin College Fitness Centre located in the college gym to develop muscular strength and learn different skills and exercises to develop their muscular fitness. Students are fitness tested at the beginning of the course and they create personal goals that they wish to achieve by the end of the course. Students are then retested at the end of the course to see if they have achieved their personal goals.
This option focuses on sport for recreation and is designed to demonstrate to students that sport provides more than just physical benefits. In this option students participate in darts, bocce, orienteering, table tennis and frisbee golf.
In Health we focus on the development of students personal, social and community health understandings. We provide students with a health curriculum that covers issues that they may encounter either through their own personal life experiences or experiences relating to family or friends. Some topics include self-identity, challenges during puberty, life style diseases, act belong commit and Keys for Life Program.
At Merredin College we strongly support the importance of teaching protective behaviours to our students through the use of the ‘Protective Behaviours Program’ and students develop their skills in this area throughout the Year 7 to 10 Health program.
Our program aims at providing students with the knowledge and life skills needed to be an active healthy participant in the community.
Senior secondary Health and Physical Education students can select from the following pathways:
ATAR Physical Education Studies
Units 1 & 2 in Year 11 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.
GENERAL Physical Education Studies
Units 1 & 2 in Year 11 and Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.
CERTIFICATE II in Sport Coaching
This course provides students with the necessary skills to become an effective sports coach. The course focuses on learning and then teaching basic movement skills, using/developing effective communication skills, being able to plan and run coaching sessions and learning industry specific skills. The course also focuses on work place health and safety practises and providing first aid.
The main sporting activity areas in this course are volleyball and athletics.
Please explore Learning Areas – Vocational Education and Training (VET) for more information on Certificates courses.
For more detailed information about each ATAR and General courses, go to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) link on this page.