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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

A Leader in Girls Education

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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 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.

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.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.


Sport is an essential part of Willoughby Girls High School’s holistic curriculum. It provides opportunities for physical and social development, while also encouraging sportspersonship and healthy attitudes to leisure pursuits and recreation. Research has shown that regular participation in physical activity during childhood and adolescence improves students’ learning, builds their understanding of teamwork and improves their general fitness and skill levels.

 Sports - Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 students experience an integrated sports program conducted by specialist Physical Education teachers during PDHPE (personal development, health and physical education) classes in the mainstream timetable. This program focuses largely on skill development and team skills through team sports. There is some exposure to individual sports.

Gala days are organised for Year 7, under the auspices of the North Shore sports zone, to provide further skill development and team experience in a competitive format against schools which belong to the zone.

Sports - Years 9, 10 and 11

The School follows a traditional sport program for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 where students participate in a range of recreational and team sports on Wednesday afternoon, supervised by school teaching staff. Often, instructors are available to take many of the recreation sports. 

During winter, students may join school grade teams, which compete against five other public high schools in the North Shore zone.

Recreational sports can include

  • ten pin bowling, 
  • fitness first, 
  • Zumba,
  • badminton,
  • yoga,
  • personal training,
  • cheerleading,
  • bushwalking,
  • Taekwondo,
  • hip hop dance and 
  • lawn bowls.

Grade sports include

  • open basketball, 
  • open volleyball, 
  • open touch football, 
  • Senior and Junior soccer and
  • Senior and Junior netball.

Opportunities to participate in state wide CHS knockout competitions are also available to students. 

Sports Carnivals and Interschool competitions

The school also provides opportunities for all students to participate in traditional sporting carnivals at a school level. These include swimming, cross country and athletics carnivals. Further representative opportunities at zone, regional and combined high schools (CHS) levels are available for students who excel in these areas.

Club Sports

We are proud to offer the largest range of external sporting clubs of any North Shore High School.  Girls can play Netball, Touch Football, Basketball or Hockey outside school hours. All these clubs are run by volunteers through our P&C.  Please click on this link to find out more.