Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Faculty offers relevant and engaging programs that encompass a variety of sub-disciplines, all of which relate to the application of science to health.

Secondary School Health Sciences
Health sciences netball students

Students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to strengthen their sense of self and build and manage respectful relationships.

Students learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets. They critique and challenge assumptions and learn to navigate a range of services and organisations through a range of pathways.  These areas include Health, Physical Education, Fitness, Sporting Excellence, Food and Nutrition, Psychology, Early Childhood Education and Anatomy.

The highly qualified teaching staff place a focus on the importance of dimensions of wellbeing, including physical, emotional/mental and social, to ensure that students can make informed decisions and choices.

Students participate in a wide range of sporting and physical activities, including competitive team sports, performance-based sports and recreation-based sports.  These opportunities are enabled and supported by the range of excellent facilities, including ovals, fitness centre and sports hall.

Through a range of subjects, students explore the physiology of the human body and the role different structures play in movement and activity. This presents opportunities to develop greater insight into sport performance and health science streams, which lead to foundational knowledge for subjects in senior secondary and university. Within these subjects, students develop a strong understanding of the human body through hands-on learning including dissections, innovative learning experiences and interactive technology as well as performing experiments in Food and Nutrition and Psychology, and developing action plan strategies in Health subjects to promote positive health changes within a community context.

Senior school student learning is enriched with excursions to research and investigate experiences in the wider community. Hands-on experiences at school include working closely with Kindy children and staff and participating in school events.  Early Childhood students make strong connections to the Canterbury Kindy and act as mentors to the youngest students of the College.   Physical Education and Psychology are developing links with the University of Queensland School of Human Movement. This provides opportunities to see how what is being learnt at school relates to the ‘real world’.

The Faculty has highly skilled experts in a variety of fields and encourages sporting excellence in athletes.  This is currently focused on Netball, however Rugby, Touch, 7s and Athletics will be implemented in the future. With Netball, students gain accreditation across coaching and officiating fields, with currently the completion of 3 courses endorsed by Netball Australia. They work behind the scenes’, with access to Nissan Arena and volunteering roles at State events. Skills in Action physical performance modules are constructed to support coaching in action and skill development. Partnerships are developed with high performance / elite coaching staff and universities.

Students deliver fitness programs and services within the school community.

For example, personal training adults (Canterbury staff), strength and conditioning (athletes and teams), group fitness sessions (adults and students), primary school fitness, client screening and health assessment, service in the fitness industry and group fitness, exercise science and nutrition.