Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education is about

 

•  developing students' capacity to make decision and act in way that that promote their health and that of others. Health is a multi-dimensional concept used to describe a person's physical. Emotional, mental. cognitive, social and spiritual well-being;

 

•  helping students to understand the importance physical activity plays in their lives and that it provides opportunities for personal growth, enjoyment and challenge; and

 

•  understanding and valuing one's personal identity and development and the need for positive relationships.

 

All children are encourage to actively take part all physical activities designed to help maintain an adequate level of fitness, to improve gross motor skills and to introduce skills required for participation in leisure sports.
It has been demonstrated that participation in physical activities will not only achieve these ideals but that they also enhance academic achievement.

 

Children are encouraged to participate in all activities in a spirit of good will and co-operation.
As this is an integral part of the St Thomas More's curriculum the teacher will require a note if your child is to be exempt from such a lesson.

 

Each year the children are provided with the opportunity to take part in a ten week block of specialised dance and gym instruction. The cost of these specialised lessons is covered by the Curriculum Levy.

 

As swimming is an essential component of the Physical Education program all children take part in a intensive swimming program in Term 4. Each alternate year the students in Year 5 & 6 undertake a basic first aid course
in place of swimming. The cost for swimming and first aid is paid directly by the parents.

 

To assist and encourage the development of fundamental game skills, the children are also offered a range of specialised training clinics in AFL, League and soccer. All children take part in a term of specialised dance instruction.

 

Major School Sporting Carnivals - Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.

As our school is an active member of the North Canberra Primary Schools' Sport Association representative teams are selected in swimming, athletics and cross-country to compete in Regional Carnivals.

 

St Thomas More's has three sporting houses:

Murrumbidgee (blue),

Kakadu (green), and

Uluru (red).

 

Children in Years 3 to 6 are encouraged to form school teams in netball and soccer to compete in the Annual Catholic Carnivals held each year.