Big Questions in PDHPE (Catholic Perspective)

Purpose of this page
The purpose of this page is to help teachers in their thinking, to embed Catholic Values in the PDHPE program. This page is to aid teachers in approaching the very important issues in the PDHPE NSW BOSTES syllabus, with a Catholic perspective. It must always be remembered that parents are the primary educators of the children, especially in the area of human sexuality.

Catholic Church Considerations (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of Love, 2016)

Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created. (56)

the importance of Catholic schools which “play a vital role in assisting parents in their duty to raise their children… Catholic schools should be encouraged in their mission to help pupils grow into mature adults who can view the world with the love of Jesus and who can understand life as a call to serve God” (279)


What is the Purpose of life?
Fundamental question for addressing all content in PDHPE
(Self and Relationships, Individual and Community Health, Movement skill and performance, Lifelong physical activity)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The purpose of the life on Earth is to know and to love God, to do good according to his will, and to go someday to heaven (YouCat #1)

What’s the Christian understanding of the human person?

Biblical view of a the human person
Genesis 2: 7- Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Humans have intellect and will. We can choose to love or hate
Humans are both material and spiritual

Who is God?


What does it mean to be made in 'The Image of God'
Humans are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27)


What is God’s purpose for human sexuality?

Our bodies reveal God


Summary