Ryde East Public School

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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.

PDHPE at Ryde East Public School

Students are provided with practical learning experiences to consolidate their understanding in PDHPE through programs like:

  • Life Education
  • Environmental Group

Students participate in a range of physical activities aimed at developing a variety of sport orientated skills. All teachers have entensive knowledge in the Fundamental Movement Skills that sequentially develop skills to help students competently participate in games, sports and recreational activities.

Year 2 students are offered a two week Learn to Swim Program.

From Years 3 to 6 students are given the opportunity to participate in inter-school competitions known as PSSA sports.

Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) provides opportunities for primary students to participate in competitive sport. Ryde East Public School is part of Ryde Zone PSSA and our students in years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to participate as part of a team in weekly competitions.

Summer PSSA sports teams (Term 1 and 4)

  • Cricket
  • Softball
  • T-ball
  • Newcombe ball

Winter PSSA sports teams (Term 2 and 3)

  • Soccer
  • Netball
  • Tiger Tag
  • Australian Rules Football

Other non-competitive sports offered at our school:

  • Tennis


The NSW Education Standards Authority is responsible for the curriculum, kindergarten to Year 12, for all school in NSW.

Parents can access the PDHPE syllabus at the NSW Education Standards Authority website.