Scared Heart Girls College Oakleigh

Health, PE and Food Technology

The importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing is at the core of what a Sacred Heart education aims to provide.Our programs are designed to equip our young women with important life-long knowledge and skills that promote healthy living as well as social awareness, critical thinking and team work.

Physical Education

Many opportunities exist for our students to develop physical fitness and skill. Lessons from Years 7 - 10 cover a very broad range of sporting opportunities, some of which include:

  • Badminton, tennis, basketball and softball
  • Aerobics and dance
  • Fitness testing and training methods
  • LaCrosse, golf and bootcamp

In addition to these, Year 7 students undertake a six week swimming program while Year 8 students complete a very popular cheerleading program. Year 9 undertake dance and Year 10 students complete a self-defense unit.

Advanced PE electives in Years 9 and 10 seek to extend girls’ learning. The Year 9 elective challenges them through the Wheelchair Sports Victoria program 'Wheeltalk', that aims to promote disability awareness, wheelchair sports and the benefits of an active sporting life for all. In the Year 10 elective, girls participate in Inline Hockey which allows them to learn a new physical activity while also introducing them to the importance of biomechanics - a topic studied in VCE.

Food Studies

Food Studies is introduced as a semester subject for all Year 8 students and is then available as an elective subject to girls in Years 9 – 10, which leads towards VCE Food Studies and VET Hospitality. One of the highlights for Year 9 students is the Staff Buffet, an event eagerly awaited by all staff. Cake decoration is also a feature of Year 10, and Year 11 girls compete in the William Angliss Annual School Cook-off, held as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Across the years, students develop food preparation skills, develop an understanding of menu planning for different occasions, study nutrients and the qualities of a nutritious diet, and explore foods from many countries and cultures.


Health Education

Health Education is incorporated into the Year 7 – 10 Health and Physical Education program. Health Education lessons focus on all five dimensions of health and well-being: physical, mental, social, spiritual and emotional. Students explore health-related issues that affect them personally as well as those that affect Australia and the world. Topics studied in Years 7 – 10 include:

  •  The meaning of health and wellbeing
  • Risk-taking behaviours
  • Puberty
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • The harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs
  • Personal identity and resilience
  • Health concerns for Australians
  • Road trauma
  • Relationships and decision making
  • Body systems (Year 9 Elective subject that leads towards the study of VCE Physical Education)
  • Fitter, Faster, Stronger (Year 10 Elective subject that leads towards the study of VCE Physical Education)
  • Health and Wellbeing in Action (Year 10 Elective subject that leads towards VCE Health and Human Development)