HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION POLICY
Schools are responsible for the overall development of its students. A comprehensive Health and Physical Education program is an essential part of student development because it promotes:
· improved health and fitness
· improved physical skills
· improved body management
· normal body growth and development
· improved self-discipline
· increased self confidence
· greater self-esteem
· better social skills
· enthusiasm for learning
· increased school involvement
· knowledge and commitment to life long health and physical activity
· To develop, maintain and understand a level of fitness essential for a healthy lifestyle.
· To provide motor skills that enable participation in physical pursuits through the involvement in activities such as games, dance, gymnastics, aquatics, sport, outdoor activities, leisure and recreation.
· To encourage maximum participation by making physical activity an enjoyable experience.
· To promote safe play both inside and outside the school grounds.
· To encourage the pursuit of wholesome leisure time activities.
· To develop knowledge and understanding relevant to the individual to make informed decisions about their life style.
· To develop acceptable social behaviour.
· To recognise the links between physical and sport education and other curricula activities.
· To develop an understanding of the uses of food and develop the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions on nutrition and dietary practices.
· To develop personal, social and cultural awareness related to health issues within our community.
The Health and Physical Education program is organised into one strand and four domains:
1) Health and Physical Education
2) Interpersonal Development
3) Personal Learning
4) Civics and Citizenship
The program will deal with all areas of Health and Physical Education ie: dance, ball handling, gymnastics, major and minor games, athletics, swimming and other leisure activities.
· The Health and Physical Education VELS document will form the basis for developing units of work.
· The suggested times are to be followed when possible.
Years Prep - 2 : 2 x 30 minutes per week of PMP
2 x 30 minutes of Prep Games/Junior Games
Years 3 - 6 : 60 minutes per week of PE
60 minutes per week of Sport
· Students in grades 3 – 6 will receive a 60 minute timetabled PE lesson. They will also participate in 60 minutes of house sports.
· Students in Prep – grade 2 will receive 2 x 30 minutes sessions per week of PMP lessons. They will also participate in 2 x 30 minutes of timetabled Prep and Junior outside games.
· Additional Physical and Sport Education time is to be made up by classroom programs.
· Grade 5 and 6 children will be given the opportunity to represent the school in inter-school sport.
· The school will participate in district competitions where appropriate in age groups specified by VPSSA rulings. N.B. Younger students only to compete in age groups if there is no suitable competitor already in that age group.
· Lightning premiership to be made up of year 5 and 6 students except for bat tennis in which year 3 and 4 students may be used to make up a B team.
· A 9 day intensive swimming program maybe implemented in P - 2 area. Swimming program to be offered to 3 - 6 students who are non-swimmers ie: those who have not achieved Level 2.
· A house system will be fostered. Students in grades 3 – 6 participate in a school house sports competition.
· Physical Education Coordinator and interested staff will be able to attend in-services and present newly acquired resources and ideas to staff.
· The specialist teacher will organise and conduct Physical Education lessons.
· Swimming, athletics and cross country will be organised and conducted by the Physical Education specialist.
· Equipment for recess and lunch breaks will be purchased by grades.
· Students in grades 5 and 6 are required to wear house coloured t-shirts for Senior House Sport Competition.
· All children in year 6 will be invited to participate in sessions covering: Reproduction / Birth / Puberty / Friendships.
· Friendly Kids / Friendly Classrooms will operate across all year levels.
· An emphasis on Road Safety and Bike Education will be promoted across the school.
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS:
A variety of assessment strategies will be used:
· anecdotal notes
· skills checklist
· swimming level
· student feedback
EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAM:
· Physical Education specialist work program including weekly evaluation involving success indicators and future recommendations.
· A major review of the program will occur on a three year basis to ensure it is meeting above aims. Minor reviews will be carried out annually.