Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education learning area focuses on a holistic concept of health.


It recognises the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of the health of the individual. It examines the impact of interactions between the individual, the family, the wider community and the environment. Students plan, act and reflect in order to develop the essential knowledge and understandings, attitudes, values and skills which promote health practices, encourage participation in regular, physical activity and support the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

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At John Butler Primary College these are conceptualised and taught through an integrated approach to ensure that students achieve a healthy, active lifestyle, including a sense of well-being. The current priorities include the development of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) in Early Childhood. Such as the explicit teaching of skills of locomotion (e.g. walking, running and hopping), body management (e.g. balancing, tumbling and dodging) and object control (e.g. throwing, catching, striking and trapping) in free and structured play settings. Being proficient in FMS enables children to participate confidently in recreational activities at home, school and in the community. The College also has a whole school incorporation of the ‘Play is the Way’ program.


Health education currently includes the development of self-management skills such as decision making, goal setting, time management and stress management. Students will also work towards building the interpersonal skills of negotiation, assertiveness, conflict resolution, collaboration, cooperation and leadership. They use these skills to interact effectively with others.

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