Burke Ward Public School

Strive with honour

Telephone08 8088 4700


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.

Burke Ward Sporting houses are:

  • Flinders
  • Gipps
  • Poole
  • Stuart

All students K-6 are allocated a sporting house.


Burke Ward PS students take part in sport every Tuesday.

Throughout the year students represent Burke Ward PS in sports gala days in the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • AFL
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Cricket

Burke Ward PS students also compete against other schools in the Broken Hill district and Barrier region in athletics, cross country and swimming. 

Students from BWPS have the opportunity to represent Barrier PSSA in the above mentioned individual competitions, and as part of Barrier PSSA teams in Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Football (Soccer) and AFL.