Health & Physical Education

Melba Physical Education


Learning to take responsibility for one’s own health and well being in life is one of the most important skills people can do for themselves.  As most people are aware, maintaining a physically active lifestyle is one of the key components in maintaining a healthy balanced life. Invariably much of our lifestyle habits are learnt during childhood. It is therefore imperative that as our children progress through their education, they are provided with regular opportunities to participate in recurrent physical activity in Physical Education and Sport classes.


Physical education programs in schools directly benefit students’ physical health. Getting the recommended amount of exercise combats obesity, which subsequently reduces the risk for diabetes, heart disease, asthma, sleep disorders and other illnesses. Regular exercise also contributes to cardiovascular health and promotes muscle and bone development. In addition to participating in physical activity, students in PE learn the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, the building blocks upon which they can develop into healthy, knowledgeable adults.


Studies have also shown that physical activity contributes to improved academic performance. Regular activity during the school day is strongly associated with higher concentration levels as well as more directed, composed behavior.


Activities in PE help children develop healthful social interactions. From a young age, children learn cooperation through group activities and form a positive sense of identity as part of a team. Such group activities are continually important as children grow older.


The benefits of PE to a child’s mental health are both complex and comprehensive. Improved physical health, academics and social interactions all contribute to good mental health.


At Melba College, we provide each student in every year level with a rich opportunity to engage in regular physical activity through our comprehensive Physical Education programs. Year 7-10 students have the opportunity to participate in our extensive core program, allowing students to learn and participate in a wide range of sports and activities. Our year 9 & 10 students also has a wonderful array of elective Physical Education subjects from which they can also select, to further enhance their knowledge and exposure to physical activities.


Melba College also offers VCE Physical Education in units 1-4, for students who may be thinking about pursuing further studies within this field.


Melba Health Education


At Melba College we also offer an extensive Health Education program from years 7-12. In year 7 we have a dedicated immersion week where students are presented with a range of health topics including, body image, healthy eating, puberty and the benefits of an active lifestyle. In our middle years curriculum the key areas of investigation include drug education, puberty, body image, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, mental health and partying safely. Students develop an understanding of the right to be safe and explore the concepts of challenge, risk and safety. They identify the harms associated with particular situations and behaviours and how to take action to minimise these harms. In the year 10 elective Active and Healthy Girls, part of the course examines the role of food in meeting dietary needs of teenage girls and the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Student’s progress from learning about the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods to understanding the role of a healthy diet in the prevention of disease and also providing sufficient energy for their daily requirements.


Melba College also offers VCE Health and Human Development in units 1-4, for students who may be thinking about pursuing further studies within this field.


Duke of Edinburgh Award

This subject is design to support students with an opportunity to gain their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award – This award is focused on students’ own personal development in the areas of physical recreation, skill development, community service and an adventurous journey. It is an opportunity for students to learn, challenge themselves and work towards achieving these goals alongside their peers.

Students will be supported by their teacher to plan and progress through the individual demands of the award as well as preparing for the Adventurous Journey which is an important component of the qualification.

This subject will require students to engage in a range of independent tasks outside of class time in order to satisfy the requirements of the Bronze Award. A fee will apply to meet the costs of registering for the award as well as the adventurous journey