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 Technology

Food Technology electives and subjects are available to girls from Years 9 - 12.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. Multicultural food is also very popular as students also enjoy a visit from a multicultural chef.


Health Education

Our Health Education Program focuses not only physical health but also mental, social and global health. Students explore issues that affect them personally as well as those that affect Australia and the world. Some of these include:

  • What is health?
  • Risk-taking behaviours
  • Nutrition
  • The harmful effects of illicit drugs and alcohol
  • Personal identity and values
  • Health concerns for Australians
  • Road trauma
  • Relationships and decision making