The Physical Education Program at St Martin's aims to involve every student by participation in a range of fine and gross motor skills, body and spatial awareness and use of equipment in free and structured settings. Continual positive reinforcement along with equal opportunities to communicate and work in teams is a key learning intention each and every lesson.
Physical Education contributes to the development of health-related fitness including aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, desirable levels of skill attainments, as well as promoting amongst the participants a greater self-belief in their own abilities.
Movement and physical activities at St Martin's are catered for in a range of learning experiences:
Students are exposed to an introduction to ball familiarisation skills including different throwing and catching techniques, small group co-operation activities and co-ordination skills such as jumping and skipping.
Students' skill work and lead up activities particularly needed in “ball handling" situations. Skills such as throwing, catching, rolling, stopping, and dribbling (hand and foot) are all emphasized by the end of this band of learning.
Students are introduced to the equipment utilised in many traditional sports with lead up games and fun activities undertaken to promote experience with often 'unfamiliar" equipment and terminology.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of different sports and many of the skills associated with them.
At St Martin's, our Physical Education Programs are highlighted by a focus for developing a positive attitude towards participation in a range of physical activities. The students are encouraged to appreciate the benefits of physical activity and to develop a healthy respect for individuals and for the rights of others. The students accept physical challenges and do so willingly to enhance their own self-esteem and that of others. A balance between these philosophies is key to acquiring a healthy level of fitness and attaining overall wellbeing.
In keeping with the Catholic philosophy of education for the whole person, students are actively encouraged to participate in several activities that are extra to the classroom curriculum.
Swimming Program – Learn to swim and a Year 6 Junior Lifeguard Program
Cross Country Program – Technical coaching and training offered during season.
Athletics Program – All students are instructed across all areas of athletics.
School Camp Outdoor Education Program – Available to Years 4 to 6 students, programs are designed in developing skills that increasingly challenge our students.
Major Sports Program – Students are exposed to all major sports, through the teaching of specific skills within PE Program. Development Officers reinforce these skills with regular visits covering major sports.
Interschool-Intra school sport-available to Years 4 to 6. Students compete against other schools in the district and each other in a variety of team sports such as AFL, Netball, Soccer, Basketball and Rugby 7's.
Seasonal Afterschool/Before School Programs are offered.
School Camps are an important learning and socialising experience and are a part of our school curriculum for our students. They promote team building and cooperation as well as providing students with many and varied challenges in a new environment.