02 Dec 2020

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)


Over the last two weeks in these lessons we have discussed the importance of sleep, as this is when your body repairs itself, replenishes energy, and consolidates memories. 

I have asked the children to develop their own sleep routine to help them prepare their body and mind for sleep, so they can get to sleep soon after going to bed. They might be things like no electronic devices 30 minutes prior to bedtime, take a bath or shower, brush and floss their teeth, listen to calming music, reading, get into PJ’s, good night hug and kiss and lights out.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of what your child might have written up for their sleep routine. Other things to consider include: being consistent with the time of going to bed and getting up in the morning, having a cool, comfortable room (I have a fan on almost every night of the year), making the room as dark as possible, using the bed for sleeping (reading before bedtime), and having a quiet environment (I use a sleep machine for white noise to help block out louder noises). 

Children 5 – 9 years need 10 – 12 hours of sleep, 9 – 12 year-olds need 9 – 11 hours of sleep, and teenagers need 8 – 10 hours of sleep. As deep sleep happens in the early hours of the night, it’s important to get to bed early to allow for the most restorative sleep possible. Adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleep.

We will finish off this year with a review of all the information we have learned, with a word search puzzle for Stage 2 and a crossword puzzle for Stage 3. Units on sleep, meditation, tapping, confidence and self-esteem, first aid, oral health, resilience, growth mindset and inclusion. Wow, that’s so much great stuff to have taken in along the way. Haven’t we all had to be resilient this year?


We finished off our pickleball unit with some games. I set up a couple nets outside on the playground by the big tree, so we could have ten teams playing doubles at the same time. The court is the size of a badminton court, but we only had space for half of that area on our courts. While a bit confusing at first with the rules, I feel the children really got into the game and had some fun.

To complete the year we will have a little fun with some scooter basketball this week and a games day of group dodgeball for Stages 2 and 3 in the final week. Stage 1 children will have an outdoor obstacle course to play on and maybe even design their own challenges.


Scott Stefl
Personal Development, Health, & Physical Education Director

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