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Griffith East Public School

Griffith East Public School

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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6.

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 syllabus consists of the following strands:

  • Games,
  • Sports,
  • Dance,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Active lifestyle
  • Personal health choices
  • Growth and development
  • Safe living
  • Interpersonal relationships


As well as developing self esteem, self discipline, independence, tolerance towards others, sportsmanship and team spirit, physical education is seen as essential for a child’s well-being.

All the students have the opportunity to develop skills in:

  • Class physical education activities.
  • Weekly skills lessons.
  • Classes Kindergarten - Year 2 – Perceptual Motor  and school based sport
  • Classes 3 - 6 School based sport on Friday.
  • Lunch time activities, after school team games and training sessions.
  • Annual athletics, swimming and cross country carnivals.
  • PSSA district, regional and state sport.

Successful students from our annual carnivals  may go on to represent the school at  Zone, Regional and State level.

All students K-6 are required to wear their sports uniform on the appropriate days. Sports days for K-2 and 3-6 are published in the newsletter each term.

Sports houses

  • Wiradjuri-Green
  • Arunta -Red
  • Barindji- Blue
  • Kamilaroi -Yellow

Upon enrolment at GEPS all students are placed in house groups. The children from each family are placed in the same houses and all children are distributed evenly through the houses in age groups so that competition is even.

Elected House Captains and Vice Captains organise activities throughout the year including:- Arranging relay teams and sports carnivals; conducting sports assemblies; and encouraging participation in school activities.