Health and Wellbeing at Port School is a vibrant, interactive subject, in which students get the opportunity to consider and discuss a comprehensive range of holistic health and wellbeing topics. We follow the Australian Curriculum for Health and adopt a ‘spiral curriculum’ approach, which allows us to build in progression and continuity of content, whilst enabling us to respond to and revisit topics of particular relevance to our school community, at ‘point of need’.
Health at Port is not just about physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyle choices but also incorporates a lot of mental health wellbeing material. We incorporate ‘positive psychology’ initiatives to enable students to build up healthy self-esteem and to improve self-confidence and interpersonal skills, whilst at the same time ensuring their own emotional and physical safety and wellbeing.
As much as enriching the numeracy and literacy skills of our students is still a priority in this subject, there is also the scope for students to have a lot of fun through interactive activities such as scientific tests and experiments (eg: dental health test on teeth plaque, lamb’s brain dissection etc.), class discussions and debates, the ethical decision-making matrix, numerous games, films and documentary analysis and Health and Wellbeing Outdoor Education camps.