Health and Physical Education
Years 9 and 10
Written response: Decision-making
Summary of task
Students participated in a unit about making decisions in relation to issues and challenges that young people might face; for example, drugs, alcohol, or a friend they are worried about.
They were asked to write an evidence-based extended response in relation to a scenario.
Students were given a statement explaining the scenario and a list of suggestions to help focus their writing. They were also provided with a scaffold to help them with the structure of their paragraphs.
This assessment task relates to the focus areas: safety, alcohol and drugs, and mental health and wellbeing.
By the end of Year 10, students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They analyse the impact attitudes and beliefs about diversity have on community connection and wellbeing. They evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations. Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations. Students propose and evaluate interventions to improve fitness and physical activity levels in their communities. They examine the role physical activity has played historically in defining cultures and cultural identities.
Students demonstrate leadership, fair play and cooperation across a range of movement and health contexts. They apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing. They apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies to new and challenging movement situations. They apply criteria to make judgements about and refine their own and others’ specialised movement skills and movement performances. They work collaboratively to design and apply solutions to movement challenges.
Identifies behavioural issues of concern that require intervention and explains why it is important to support another person's wellbeing
Outlines possible consequences of mental health issues that justify supporting a friend to seek help
Outlines the importance of their role in suggesting credible sources of information and support
Details a suitable plan of action to support their friend by acknowledging the importance of going to their house
Proposes a wide range of legitimate physical and on-line sources of support and mental health information that would be relevant for an adolescent in this situation
Acknowledges that there are sometimes barriers to young people seeking help, such as perceived confidentiality and embarrassment
Suggests a strategy that will support the friend to problem solve
Indicates an ongoing support strategy to enhance another's health, safety and wellbeing and links it to a credible public health campaign