Girraween High School

Aspire - Respect - Unite

Telephone02 9636 7293

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 300 hours per year in Years 7 to 10.

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.

In Year 11 and 12, courses available include:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies.

Faculty staff

Head teacher

Mr D Wheatley

Carnival sports organiser

Mr P Fogarty

Weekly sports organiser

Mr F Serratore 



Students at Girraween High School are put into one of four houses. Points are earned by the students participating in all carnivals and sporting events. There is a healthy rivalry between the houses and the points for champion house at the end of each year is always quite close. Our four houses are:

  • Chappell (named after Ian Chappell)
  • Fraser (named after Dawn Fraser)
  • McKay (named after Heather McKay)
  • Newcombe (named after John Newcombe)


Girraween High School conducts three major carnivals during the year. 

  • Swimming carnival
  • Cross country carnival
  • Athletics carnival

Weekly Sport Program

Our Tuesday sports program (Years 8 to 11) is designed to allow all students to participate in a wide range of traditional and modified sports that allow them to experience a variety of challenging and engaging environments. In order for students to do this they will participate in a sport run at an external venue and/or external provider for five weeks in both Terms 1 and 3. For the other five weeks of these terms, students will partake in sports run by teachers at school or at local sporting grounds. During Terms 2 and 4 students represent their school houses in an inter-house competition.

Year 7 students will participate in sport at an alternative time to the rest of the school (periods 1 to 4) so that they can be given a greater opportunity to work on their confidence and skill development in association to more traditional sports.

Weekly sport fees will now be invoiced to parents as part of the annual school fees which are payable to the front office or via the school website. This may be paid on a term by term basis or annually.

Knockout teams

Girraween High School enters in a number of Sydney West knockout competitions. A list of these teams is below.

Registration and trials for these teams will commence early in Term 1 and students should be listening for more information during assembly and the morning announcements in roll call.


  • Soccer (all ages)
  • Touch football (all ages)
  • Cricket (all ages)
  • Basketball (under 15's and opens)
  • Tennis (all ages)
  • Volleyball (all ages)
  • Baseball (all ages)


  • Soccer (all ages)
  • Touch football (all ages)
  • Cricket (all ages)
  • Basketball (under 15's and opens)
  • Tennis (all ages)
  • Volleyball (all ages)
  • Softball (all ages)