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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.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is the Key Learning Area in which children gain an understanding of themselves, how they can relate effectively with others, make responsible decisions and take action enabling them to enhance the quality of their lives.  More directly than in any other curriculum area, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education emphasises the importance of leading healthy lifestyles and the need for understanding the mental, physical and social factors that influence personal health.

School Sport

All students at Dapto Public School participate in a weekly sport's program which develops body movement and control, as well as fundamental movement skills. Students develop competence and confidence in a broad range of games, sports and physical activities, progressing to more games and sport's specific skills, in both non-competitive and competitive environments, that foster positive feelings of success and enjoyment. 

Students learn awareness and consideration for others through fair play and cooperation in small groups, progressing to demonstrate teamwork, tactics and strategies when participating in team games.

Programs we offer include:

  • PSSA Gala Days, where primary students have the opportunity to trial and participate in a range of sports.
  • Competitive competition in Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country, with students being able to progress to District, Regional and State levels.
  • Infant's Athletic Carnival.
  • District trials for talented students to trial for representative teams in a wide range of sports. Students have an opportunity to compete at District, Regional and State level. We have had many students successful in being selected into representative teams. These students have enjoyed and developed their sporting abilities.
  • State knockouts including boys and girls soccer, rugby league and AFL.
  • Special Sporting options which include ten pin bowling, tennis, bushwalking and table tennis.
  • Various sports specific clinics and programs which are provided by outside agencies throughout the year such as AFL, cricket, baseball, basketball, soccer and rugby league.

We offer a range of sports to all children through the school sports program. The sports program aims to encourage participation and cooperation whilst providing development of fundamental movement skills and training in the skills needed for a variety of sports.

Sports houses

For purposes of school based sporting competitions, students are grouped into 4 Houses: 

DIMOND (Blue) - named after Bob and Peter Dimond, both ex-pupils of our school who represented Australia many times in Rugby League.

WONGAWILLI (Green) - named after the coal mine which opened here in 1888. (One of the first coal mines to produce a million tons of coal a year in 1962).

BEACH (Red) - named after William Beach, a local blacksmith who became the world champion in rowing in 1884. He trained in Mullet Creek and defended his title 6 times before retiring, undefeated.

MARSHALL (Yellow) - Sarah and Henry Osborne came to Dapto in 1829 to take up a 2,560 acre land grant they called Marshall Mount (after Sarah’s maiden name). They were very involved in public afairs and St Luke’s Church.

Children are placed into a House in Kindergarten and remain in that House for the rest of their time at the school.  Children from the same family are placed in the same House.

The participation, enjoyment and skill development of our students is the corner-stone of the school sport/ physical activity program. All our students take part in this program.

See also:

DET school sport unit