Health, Outdoor and Physical Education (HOPE)

Health and Physical Education at St Mary’s College is compulsory for students from Kinder to Year 10, with elective subjects available for our Year 11 and 12 students. We offer our students a wide variety of sports, skills, games, team work strategies, recreation and fitness activities within our program. Our Health program is sequential for our secondary years where we cover a broad range of health topics, as you can see below.

The Health, Outdoor and Physical Education program is an integral part of the curriculum at St Mary’s College. The program we teach is from the Tasmanian curriculum and we will be implementing the new Australian Curriculum once it becomes available for our subject area.

One of our mottos’ is Moving, Learning and Achieving and we strive to provide a framework in which our student can develop physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and emotionally.

Through Health, Outdoor and Physical Education experiences students have the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop team work skills, enhance physical health and fitness, and to acquire skills like coping strategies, which promote a healthy lifestyle.

At St Mary’s College we offer numerous extracurricular sports from fun run and surfing competitions to sporting rosters organised by Southern SATIS. We also hold Swimming (Big Splash), Cross Country and Athletics carnivals throughout the year. These days really highlight our SMC and house spirit and very enjoyable days with a lot of participation and colour!

Below are examples of topics covered in the Health, Outdoor and Physical Education at St Mary’s College.

Physical Education
(Year 7-10, elective Year 11-12)

  • Minor games
  • Cooperation games
  • Team sports
  • Individual activities
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Recreation activities
  • Athletics
  • Aquatics
  • Fitness
  • Self defence


  • Physical recreation

Health Education
(Year 7-10, elective for Year 11-12)

  • Harm minimisation
  • Sexual health
  • Fitness for fife
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Bullying
  • Personal health
  • Road safety
  • Values
  • Risk taking
  • First aid


  • Health studies (Pretertiary)
  • Personal health and wellbeing

Outdoor Education and Outdoor Leadership
(Year 10-12 elective)

  • Camping
  • Bush walking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Goal setting
  • Self management
  • Navigation
  • Rock climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Surfing
  • Rafting

The College provides girls with the opportunity to learn away from the comforts of home, to experience the world class beauty of the Tasmanian Wilderness. This subject teaches them to the confidence and self-reliance to look safely camping and bush walking. In our camps program the girls develop even more their community with all the shared experiences they carry with them for the rest of their lives. They have a lot of fun on the camps sharing all the great adventures we have. One of the highlights of the camps program is the opportunity for our fit students to walk our world famous Overland Track for 60km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

Sport Science
(Year 9-12 elective)

  • Energy systems
  • Biomechanics
  • Coaching
  • Sport psychology
  • Skills acquisition
  • Games analysis
  • Sport nutrition
  • Training principles
  • Current issues
  • Drugs in sport
  • Exercise physiology
  • Body systems

Cocurricular sports

Find out more about the sports on offer each term below.


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Groving our love of learning

St Mary's College is located on the traditional lands of the muwinina people of the South East Nation. We acknowledge and deeply respect the palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present. We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, nipaluna, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and culture.