The Key Learning Areas of Health and Physical Education are interrelated. Together they promote in students an understanding of the importance of personal and community actions in promoting health and lifelong participation in physical activity.

Physical activity, sport and recreation are an important part in the lives of people in Australia. The experience of physical activity in play, recreation, sport, fitness and outdoor environments, provides challenge, personal growth and enjoyment.

At South Oakleigh College we recognise that Health Education is closely related to Physical Education and that these areas of learning share many goals and expectations. Knowledge about health issues and practices is presented to the students through units of work studied in class and through interactive learning during Physical Education classes.

In Physical Education the focus is on the ‘movement and physical activity’ dimension of the Victorian Curriculum . Students in Year 7 work on the basic concepts of coordinated movement patterns. As students progress through their school years, they develop more complex movement patterns and develop biological, social and cultural perspectives on the concept of fitness. In VCE, students may elect to undertake specialised studies in Physical Education Units 1-4.

In Health Education, the focus is on ‘health knowledge and promotion’ dimension of the Victorian Curriculum. Students in Year 7 examine the physical, emotional, social and mental development of individuals across their lifespan. As students progress through their school years, they examine the promotion of health of individuals and the community through the use of specific strategies and the provision of health resources, services and products. In VCE, students may elect to undertake specialised studies in Health and Human Development Units 1-4.

South Oakleigh College values the role physical activity and sport play in the social and emotional development of our students. Physical Education and Health Education are provided by specialist teachers in these areas. We pay considerable attention to providing a rigorous Physical Education program (7-12), as well as a wide range of co-curricular physical activities (7-12).