North Ryde 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.


Our extensive sports program, with a focus on skill development, prepares our students for their successful participation in interschool competition and helps them continue an active healthy life. We value and promote the importance of teamwork, cooperation and respect.

Sport houses 

Upon enrolling each child is assigned a ‘house’ which is the sporting group they will belong to while at our school. The allocation of students is on an alphabetical basis. The four houses are family names of the original land owners in the area.





Sports carnivals

Term 1  Swimming Carnival  Years 2-6  

Term 2  Cross Country Carnival  Years 2-6  

Term 3  Athletics Carnival  Years K-6  

Primary Schools Sports Association

Students from Years 3-6 have the opportunity to try out for school teams which participate in summer and winter inter-school sports competitions coordinated by the Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA). We regularly fielded teams in cricket, netball, soccer, Tiger tag, t-ball, softball, volleyball and newcombeball.

Our talented students are given the chance to try out for area and state representative teams. The school also regularly participates in regional knock-out competitions and special sport events.


Every year all students in Year 1 participate in a weekly swimming program, and students in Year 2 learn to swim as part of the DoE’s Intensive Swimming Program. 

PDHPE Incursions

The school regularly enlists the expertise of private organisations to provide extra PDHPE educational opportunities for our students.

In recent years students have participated in programs such as:

  • Life Education 
  • Mindfulness in Action 
  • Athletics Skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Zumba
  • Dance2BFit
  • Transition to High School
  • Teen Ready