Physical activity is fundamental to life. Physical education (PE) is essentially concerned with education about, through and in movement. PE is an area of education that we acknowledge as being unique and an essential element of a sound education. While sport is valued and accepted as part of OLR's PE curriculum, it is only one component of a student's physical education. PE is more than a preparation of students to play sport. It is a significant part of each individual's development as it focuses on their understanding and enjoyment of, and competence in, the physical areas of learning and experience. It is preparation for life.
The program includes:
- Swimming lessons run during terms 1 and 4. These are conducted by a qualified physical education teacher . As swimming is an integral part of the physical education program, it is expected all children will participate. If children are not swimming, a letter, clearly stating the reason for non participation must be sent for each lesson missed.
- Perpetual Motor program for Preps and Years 1 - 3.
- Skills development program, leading to participation in modified games. Basic games skills include: running, striking, throwing, catching, kicking, stopping, fielding, bouncing and hitting. Modified games include: T-ball, basketball, netball, touch, soccer, kanga cricket, sof-crosse, tenpin bowling, European handball and ultimate Frisbee.
- Athletics skills include: sprints, relays, distance running and ball games. Children from Years 4 -6 also participate in long jump, high jump and shot put.
- Dance - folk, social and line for Years 1 - 3.
- Other activities are conducted by teachers e.g. dance, skipping, health hustles, ball games, team sports, hand-eye coordination activities - sport for fun!
Students are involved in a variety of competitions.
- A school swimming carnival is held annually, in which all students participate. From this competition, children are selected to represent the school at the Zone Swimming Carnival.
- An school athletics carnival is held each year. From this competition, children are selected to represent the school at the Zone Athletics carnival.
- A cross country competition is held in Term 2. Children who train are eligible for selection for the school team and compete in a Zone Competition as well as individual carnivals.
- During the year teams of senior students (from Years 5-6) compete against other schools in weekly sports fixtures. These may include such sports as baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, soccer, netball, touch football, Australian rules, and water polo.
- A Dance Fever progam is held each year for the Years 3 & 4.
Safety of students is the prime concern when any PE activity is undertaken and parents are asked to note the following:
- Students will be excluded from any swimming activity if they suffer from infections, suppurating sores or suspected contagious diseases.
- Students must remove jewellery and other ornaments before taking part in all swimming or other PE activities. Jewellery refers to stud earrings, sleepers, signet rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, etc.
- Some PE activities require that finger nails be trimmed.
- Children must wear appropriate footwear when doing PE activities i.e. sports shoes or sandshoes.
- Water bottles should be brought to all training sessions