All NSW high school students will spend 25 per cent more time doing physical activity as part of
a new physical education (PE) curriculum to be introduced from 2005 for years 7 to 10 students.
The Premier, Bob Carr, said as part of a new curriculum much more time would now be spent
concentrating on physical activity as on theory.
The new curriculum would also teach students more about diet including how to cook a healthy meal
and how to read the nutrition panels on cereal boxes, he said.
Under the new compulsory Personal Development, Health and Physical Educ- ation syllabus students
will learn how to choose the best foods to eat and design weekly healthy family meals;
regular exercise into their daily lives; participate in a range of sporting roles including
player, referee, coach or team manager; join organisations
such as sports clubs; follow club rules and codes of behaviour; read and under- stand the labels
on food packages; assess the value of different diets and evaluate the claims of dieting companies;
and try other sports.
Mr Carr made the announcements with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education , Andrew Refshauge,
and pupils from Westfields Sports High School last week.
Dr Refshauge said the syllabus focased on five issues including healthy food habits; mental health;
road safty; the dangers of drug use; and sexual health.
GETTING PHYSICAL... Dr Refshauge, Mr Carr teacher Alexandra MacKellar
with Westfields Sports pupils
"The Government is increasingly concerned about the growing incidence of depression and obesity in our community," Dr Refshauge said.
The syllibus will be implimented over two years, beginning with years 7 and 9 in 2005, Year 10
will be using it for the first time in 2006.
Wednesday 16th June 2004