Physical Education, Health and Sport are an integral part of Patterson River Secondary College. Our three court state of the art basketball stadium enables us to provide a forum for a wide range of sports to be participated in from Year 7 through until Year 12. Students undertake compulsory Physical Education lessons up until and including Year 10.

The focus is on students:

  • increasing knowledge and skills in various activities
  • ensuring that a sense of fun and enjoyment occurs during classes
  • increasing self-confidence
  • recognising the importance of teamwork and mutual respect, both within and outside competition.

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Our Health department focus is on students developing an understanding on the physical, social, mental and emotional dimensions of Health.

In Junior levels students investigate areas including bullying, healthy lifestyles, friendships, drug education, nutrition, puberty and community and social awareness.

As they move into Senior School our electives include:

Year 9 – Healthy Lifestyles where the focus is on Food choices, fast food consumption in youth, dieting, Sugar and Diet related diseases.

Year 10 – Healthy Teens where the focus shifts towards respectful relationships, Sexuality, the student’s place within the community both on a personal and professional basis and on Mental Health.

Year 10 – Bubs To Teens. Topics include; contraception, sexually transmitted infections, conception, prenatal development, nutrition, birth and pain relief choices, adaptations of the newborn, economic and social costs of pregnancy and early childhood development. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the Baby Simulation program.

The progression from Year 10 is VCE Health and Human Development in which the focus starts with each stage of the Lifespan and the health and development in each stage in Year 11 and moves toward Global Health and Development in Year 12.



Outdoor and Environmental Studies offers a wonderful opportunity for our students to understand the importance of the natural environment through a range of theoretical and practical experiences. It enables the students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness, leadership, safety and outdoor skills to prepare them for future adventures. In the class room students study the ways humans experience the outdoor environment including the social, economical and ecological perspectives of the natural environment.

Practical experience outside the class room is gained by day-trips and organised camps. Activities include;

  • Kayaking
  • Caving
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Surfing/Stand up Paddle boarding
  • Surf life saving