Health and Physical Education
The Physical Education program at St Mary Magdalen’s aims to provide opportunities for students to:
1. Participate in a comprehensive skill based program to learn a variety of physical skills across multiple sports.
2. Develop a sense of a healthy lifestyle, understanding the connection between healthy eating, healthy thinking and physical fitness.
3. Explore a variety of sporting activities to discover each child's unique strengths and passions for different sports.
4. Develop and extend their understanding of team work to assist in developing skills of co-operation, sharing, mindfulness of others, working together on strategies for success. These skills assist in a broad range of areas across their learning, particularly when working on team projects and when navigating friendships.
5. Promote social interaction through games to build relationship skills as well as strategic thinking skills.
The curriculum promotes the understanding of the importance of physical activity, health, safety, and relationships. All students attend Physical Education session once a week, taken by a specialist Physical Education teacher Mr Stokes. Students develop skills in a variety of sports. All ability levels are engaged in diverse activities that enable each child to experience success. The program includes fundamental motor skills, ball skills, gala cricket days, athletics, hootptime tournaments, swimming fitness, minor games and major games.
In order to promote a healthy lifestyle, our running club is held once a week on Wednesday morning at 7:30am followed by Breakfast Club.
Two of our dedicated teachers take the children for a run, helping to build their perseverance, fitness and passion for running.
BREAKFAST CLUBThe children help to set up and pack up Breakfast Club and this once again provides them with great lifeskills. They enjoy socialising with the other students at the start of the day, eating healthy and preparing themselves for learning in the classroom. Breakfast Club is open to all students every Wednesday morning.
An intensive two week program in Term four for all Prep to Year 6 students is scheduled annually at Monash Recreation Centre. In Australia we are surrounded by beaches and often families may go to the pool or the beach on holidays. It's critical therefore that all children learn how to swim and how to be safe around water. The children are taught by qualified instructors and learn so much over two weeks. It's also important they continue to practice their swimming skills so they know how to swim as they grow into adults. Taking them to the local pool after school or in the holidays is a great way for them to continue to be familiar with the water and also to have fun.
A camp program is provided for students in Years 3 to 6. Years 3 and 4 participate in an activities based camp while Year 6's do an Educational Tour (Bush or Beach Camp/City Experience).
When your child begins school they are allocated to a sport house for the duration of their education at St Mary Magdalen’s.
The houses are Bosco (Red), Assasi (Green), Nano Nagle (Yellow), Mckillop (Blue). House competitions extend to Athletics events and events held in the Physical Education Program.
Children from Year 4 and above are eligible to compete at the next level of competition which involves competitive events outside of the school. Information about these programs is provided to you in advance.
INTER AND INTRA SCHOOL SPORTS
Intra and Inter school sport programs are offered to students in Years 4 to 6.
Year 5 and 6 students participate in Summer and Winter Sports competitions against other local schools with winners going on to represent the District against other Districts. Sports include Athletics, Swimming, Softball, Cricket, Rounders, Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Netball and Basketball.
Visiting sports people from various sporting bodies representing AFL, soccer, hockey, cricket, athletics and tennis enrich the program for the students. These sportspeople are wonderful role models for the children to learn from and they look forward to meeting them.