Health and Physical Education focuses on students enhancing health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation through varied and engaging programs. Research informs us that what we understand about healthy, safe and active choices direct effects our lifestyles and decisions. Health and Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.
At MSPS, students participate in a Health and Physical Education (HPE) once each week. Foundation (Prep) students participate in a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) at the beginning of the year which focuses on movements that integrate perception and self-awareness. Students then move into developing specific skills throughout the year including catching, throwing, kicking and skipping. Towards the end of the year learnt skills are applied to simple ‘game’ environments with an emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork.
From grades one to six, students continue to work through a sequential program to improve and further develop Fundamental Motor Skills including things such as throwing, catching, kicking, punting, dodging, leaping and forehand strikes. Skills are developed through individual practice and then applied in minor or major game situations. When the opportunity arises, students are able to participate in lunchtime activities and clinics at school, which are presented by external providers. From grades 3 to 6, students may have the opportunity to represent our school at various District sports events, and participate in Inter-school competitions.