Forbes Public School

Maintaining a Tradition of Excellence

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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.


Sport is a valued and accepted part of a school's curriculum because it contributes to the development of the whole student. It also provides opportunities for students to gain confidence and to develop a variety of skills for participation in lifelong recreation. Sport is compulsory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The emphasis in the junior school is on participation and skill development with further refinements as the student progresses. Students are expected to wear sports uniform on sports days with sandshoes or sneakers that are comfortable and safe.

Summer sports conducted include softball, cricket, swimming, T-Ball, and Kanga Cricket. During the winter months the emphasis is on Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Athletics, Touch Football, Australian Rules, Soccer and Rugby League. Protective clothing is provided where appropriate. The school is a regular entrant in the state knockout championships in many sporting areas.

Special sports normally offered to students may include such things as tennis, squash, golf, fitness, gymnastics, indoor cricket, life saving and bushwalking.

All students are currently participating in the NSW Premiers Sporting Challenge.


Our school participates in intensive swimming program. Swimming tuition involves water safety and survival skills as well as stroke technique. Special Learn to Swim classes are held in November/December each year for non-swimmers in classes from Years 2 to 6.