Physical activity is fundamental to life. P.E. is essentially concerned about, through and in movement. P.E. is an area of education that we acknowledge as being unique, and an essential component of a sound education. The study an practice of physical activity renders P.E. an indispensable subject in our school program. While sport is a valued and accepted part of our school’s physical education curriculum we see it as only one component of a student’s physical education. We believe that P.E. is much more than the preparation of our students to play sport. We believe that the focus of P.E. is the individual and that it teaches students about themselves, developing cognitive and major competencies, rationality, understanding, aesthetic appreciation, self-esteem, confidence and attitudes relative to human functioning, movement and interaction. It’s most significant contribution to the education process is its focus on the and the development of the pupil’s understanding ane enjoyment of and competence in the physical areas of learning and experience. It is a preparation for life.
The Catholic school community is called to provide a process of education for the wholistic development of the human person towards the full realisation of higher potential, within a value system based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Canon Law 795.
Physical education plays a vital role in this process, and as such, the purpose of this document is:
to ensure that all students are exposed to exercise and physical activity with a soundly structured and well implemented P.E. Program
to ensure that all students are exposed to exercise and physical activity in such a manner as to promote success and enjoyment and encourage high levels of physical activity and fitness throughout life
to clarify the role that sport plays as a component of the total P.E. Program
The P.E. Program and its implementation conforms to the current Brisbane Catholic Education P.E. Policy Statement and Guidelines. Its aim is to provide a formalised development P.E. Program which caters for all our children. Maximum participation of all students and teachers is essential.
The P.E. Program is designed, implemented and evaluated according to those Gospel values reflected in the Mission Statement of our school.
Each class devotes a minimum of 1.5 hours to formal Physical Education activities. These include activities which promote the development of knowledge, skills, behaviours, values and attitudes relative to the human body and how it functions, the role and place of physical activity in society, as well as the more traditional P.E. activities of swimming, dance, games, modified sports and fitness.
The P.E. Program has equal status with other aspects and dimensions of the curriculum and each teacher is responsible and accountable for student learning opportunities in their class. This is reflected in our procedures of evaluation and reporting to parents.
A P.E. Program Co-ordinator is appointed to facilitate the development and implementation of our P.E. Program
Sufficient resources are provided to allow the satisfactory implementation of the P.E. Program. A swimming levy is set each year to cover the costs of a specialist swimming teacher and the running costs of the pool.
Boys and girls are expected to participate together in all P.E. activities.
Our school promotes, as an essential concern, a healthy and active lifestyle.
Teachers abide by Brisbane Catholic Education Centre P.E. Safety Guidelines when conducting P.E. classes.
It is recognised that continuing professional development for teachers is essential for the effective implementation of our P.E. Program.
Sport, in its various forms, is an extension and is additional to our P.E. Program. We value its inclusion in our school curriculum but it is not a substitute for a P.E. Program.