Guildford West 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.

Participating in sporting activities is an integral part of primary education at Guildford West Public School. We continually aim to have students from Guildford West Public School participate in the Auburn Primary Schools Sports Association's (PSSA) zone activities.

More information about the Sports program at Guildford West Public School can be found on the website at Sport at Guildford West Public School.

Guildford West Public School also runs annual swimming, cross country and athletics carnivals for students 8 years old and over. Successful students at these school carnivals progress to carnivals for the Auburn District, then the Sydney West Region and finally the NSW State Carnival.

K - 2 Sports Programs - Organisation

From Kindergarten to Year 2, students participate in school-based sport. For an hour each week, the children are organised into sports groups and rotate around a range of skills and activities to complete. For the most part, these activities are related to our gross motor skills, which include:

  • hand-eye coordination such as throwing, catching, striking
  • foot-eye coordination such as kicking, trapping
  • balance, movement and body shapes
  • running, skipping, hopping and jumping, just to name a few. 

Both the Kindergarten and the Stage One (years 1 and 2) Sport programs rely heavily on parent helpers so that students can participate in smaller groups. This allows for greater participation by all. If you are able to help with either Kindergarten or Stage One Sport please see one of the K - 2 teachers.

PSSA Home Sport

The summer sports that the students can participate in are: Junior T-Ball, Senior Softball and Junior and Senior Cricket. The winter sports that the students can participate in are: Junior and Senior Netball, Junior and Senior Newcombe Ball and Junior and Senior boys and girls Oz-Tag.

Also, the students can participate in weekly sport conducted at school. These sports are programmed to be inclusive of all students and provide many opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy themselves.

Home Sport

Home Sport runs for an hour on a Friday. During the Summer terms, being Terms 1 and 4, sport is for the second hour of the morning session, being 10am - 11am. For the Winter terms, being Terms 2 and 3, sport is for the afternoon session, being 2pm - 3pm.


Opportunities exist for all students from Years 2 - 6 at Guildford West Public School to be involved in our school swimming program. Each year, children from Year 2 to Year 6 will be involved in the Department of Education's Special Swimming Scheme for 2 weeks in Term 3. The scheme is designed for non-swimmers and  weak swimmers who are unable to swim 25 metres.

It is run in one session, where the students walk down to Guildford Heated Pool, participate in a swimming lesson, and walk back to school each day for the 2 weeks. The session is always offered to year 2 students first. If there are not enough interested children from year 2, places will be made available to students in years 3-6.