At Red Cliffs Secondary College, our Physical Education and Health courses provide students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of independence in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health.  Physical Education and Health focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in society.

Physical and Health is a compulsory subject at years 7 to 10.  Years 7 to 10 emphasise Movement and Physical Activity, Health Knowledge and Promotion, Working in Teams, Reasoning, Processing and Inquiry.

VCE Physical Education examines the biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity.

There are three electives in year 9:

Red Cliffs Challenge.
This elective directly challenges and engages students in a range of activities that aim to build social relationships, team work and leadership skills.  Students complete service/volunteer work as a member of an action learning team.  The elective culminates in an adventure camp where students apply their skills in a very practical and fun setting.

Training for Sports Excellence.
In this elective, students analyse the strengths and weaknesses of their own fitness profile.  They write a twelve week training program that they will use in class, with the aim of improving their fitness profile.  This elective has a large practical component.

Nursing and Health Promotion.
This elective explores the basic physiological conditions faced by nurses and carers every day.  It explores how a number of different medical conditions affect the functioning of the heart, arteries and lungs.  Students will be involved in many practical activities where they will learn how to use a stethoscope, spiro-metre and sphygmomanometer to test different body functions such as blood pressure, heart rate and lung capacity.