The Pocket Public School

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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 between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6.

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.


We have physical activity programs for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, with a focus on fundamental movement skills.

Sport and physical activity is a valued and accepted part of our school's curriculum, contributing to the development of the whole child. It provides a vehicle for social, physical, emotional and moral learning and is an important expression of our culture.

The participation, enjoyment and skill development of our students is the corner-stone of the school sport/ physical activity program. All our students take part in this program.

There are also opportunities to represent our school at inter-school sports competitions. As a NSW public school we benefit from the opportunities for shared activities and competitions with other schools, coordinated by school sport associations. See the School Sport Unit website for details.

In recent years  we have made outstanding connections with Mullumbimby Tennis Club, Skate Boarding Byron Bay, Netball NSW, AFL Auskick, the NRL, Mullumbimby Swimming Pool and Cricket NSW to offer our children coaching across all of these sports.

We have also participated in NRL, netball, soccer and AFL interschool knockout competitions.

We run extensive carnivals across our small schools network (VoSS) where we join together with over 500 children to hold our VoSS Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country carnivals!