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Health and Physical Education


Health & Physical Education (HPE)

Health and Physical Education is compulsory for Years 7 to 10 for all students. Units include a range of sports, games and fitness activities.  Swimming and athletics, in season, are particular emphases due to staff expertise and facilities available.  Students also study fitness principles, sexuality education and drug education at various times across the four year program.

Junior Secondary Sports Development Program:

In Years 7, 8 & 9, students with considerable sporting ability can apply to join Sports Development Program​ HPE classes.  Students are extended both in practical and theoretical areas of HPE, so need to be physically and academically capable. 

Application packs are available on Year 7 school information nights or through the HOD HPE if a student is intending to enter the program at another time.

Senior School Programs.

In Year 11 and 12, a student can elect to do one of FOUR senior HPE subjects. 

These options include:      

  •      Certificate III in Fitness                    –          VET course

  •      Recreation                                       –          non OP course

  •      Physical Education                            -           OP course

  •      Health Education (no prac)                -            OP course


Sporting Houses

Students are assigned a sports house when they enrol at Kepnock.

The four houses are:  TALLON, MILES, HAZZARD and LASSIG.

Each house is named after a famous Bundaberg sportsperson from the past:

·         Don Tallon (Australian wicketkeeper),

·         Noel Hazzard (Australian rugby league centre),

·         Rosemary Lassig (Olympic swimmer)

·         Thomas Miles  (professional runner – Stawell Gift winner)

Interhouse School Events:

Participation, over glory, are what Kepnock house carnivals are all about.  We encourage as many students as possible to be as involved as possible. 

·         Swimming Carnival                                   -           Term 1

·         Year 7 & 8 Water Festival Day                 -           Term 1

·         Cross country and fun run                      -           Term 1

·         Track and Field Carnival                          -           Term 2


Bundaberg District Sport: (BDSSS)

Bundaberg District Secondary Schools, both private and public, compete against each other in a range of sports across a number of individual events and two sporting seasons – winter and summer.   The competition between the schools is fierce and premierships are hotly contested. 

Sporting life at Kepnock is busy and begins almost immediately school recommences in late January.  Students ‘sign on’ for teams at special lunchtime ‘sign ons’. 

The Kepnock sporting year culminates with a Sports Awards Night in October for all sporting students.

Individual Sporting Events:

Kepnock competes against other Bundaberg secondary schools in the following yearly events:

·         Swimming Carnival               

·         Cross Country – Para athletes included

·         Track and Field Carnival (two days)  - Para Athlete carnival included.

·         Lifesaving

Summer Season: (Term 1)

Wednesday afternoons, after school, sport is played for a six week ‘season’.  Summer ‘season’ is Term 1.  The season includes a ‘Summer Finals Day’ between secondary schools across the Bundaberg District the day before Easter break.

Under 13, 15 and Open teams include:








Table Tennis


Ten Pin Bowling

Lawn bowls

(Rowing not available at Kepnock)



Winter Season:  (Term 3)

Winter season is Wednesday afternoons, for six weeks, in Term 3.  Winter Finals Day is in the last week in August, before Year 12 exams begin. 

Under 13, 15 & Open teams in:



Rugby League

(girls & boys)




Soccer (Football)

Table tennis

Ten Pin Bowling




Representative Sport

Bundaberg representative teams call for nominations for students to compete in trial days, early in Term 1 for both summer AND winter sports.  From Bundaberg teams, students continue on to Wide Bay and Queensland representation with regional carnivals programmed through the year for talented students to progress.

Currently, other sporting competitions for Kepnock students include:  Broncos Knock out Cup for rugby league, the Vicki Wilson Cup (netball) and the Kokoda Challenge, a 30 or 48km team walk through challenging terrain in Gold Coast hinterland.  Previously, Kepnock has also participated in Queensland Schools Volleyball Cup.  Interest and finances dictate involvement.

Further information on representative sport can be found by contacting Kepnock Sports Co-ordinator.


Ros Coombes

HOD - HPE & Sport

Phone: 41311196