Health & PE The Health and Physical Education Faculty programmes at Townsville Grammar School attempt to reflect the dynamic and multi-dimensional nature of health and recognise the significance of physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in contemporary Australian society.

The Faculty aims to provide a foundation for developing active and informed members of society, capable of managing the interactions between themselves and their social, cultural and physical environments in the pursuit of good health.

Middle School

Students in Year 7 participate in four periods of Physical Education per fortnight. The Health component of the course will be undertaken in Term 1 when the students will be engaged in a Drug Education unit. All lessons in Terms 2, 3 and 4 are physical in nature and aim to develop sport skills and tactics. Another four lessons each fortnight are devoted to Interschool Sport.

In Years 8 and 9 two programmes are offered in Health and Physical Education. The first programme will be the main strand of Health and Physical Education where students will participate in six lessons per fortnight. Two lessons focus on the written theory of Health and Physical Education and four lessons are allocated for physical activity including personal fitness development.

The second programme caters exclusively for children studying the two Modern Language option. Children electing this option will participate in Physical Education completing four lessons per fortnight. These lessons will focus on practical activities and fitness experiences. However, due to the importance of Drug Education and First Aid, students will partake in this theory component in Term 1.

Year 10

Physical Education is an elective subject in Year 10. This subject is designed to prepare students for the QSA subject Senior Physical Education offered in Years 11 and 12. Students engage in the study of physical activities, theoretical focus areas and forms of assessment that are evident in the Senior Programme at Townsville Grammar School.

Senior Physical Education (Years 11 and 12)

Physical Education is an Authority Subject, providing opportunities for students to acquire knowledge, skills, capacities, attitudes and values about physical activity. Students learn ‘in, through and about’ physical activity, where the physical medium becomes the conduit through which theoretical learning occurs. Sports offered may include:

  • Water Polo
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Netball
  • Touch
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Life Saving

These physical activities are studied in an integrated way with the following subject matter:

Focus Areas

Learning Physical Skills

Motor learning

  • Characteristics of the learner
  • Characteristics of the task
  • Practice
  • Feedback


  • Motivation, arousal and performance
  • Information processing
  • Team dynamics


  • Force and motion
  • Momentum and inertia
  • Projectile motion

Process and effects of training and exercise

Energy systems

  • The three energy systems
  • Limitations
  • Percentage use of energy systems in physical activities

Exercise physiology principles

  • Types of fitness
  • Components of types of fitness
  • Training principles
  • Training methods

Training program design

  • Planning and designing a training program
  • Evaluating training programs
  • Immediate and long-term effects of training

Equity and access to exercise, sport and physical activity in Australian society
Factors affecting equity and access at the:

  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
  • Institutional level
  • Structural level
  • Cultural level