Encouraging participation and a healthy lifestyle.
At St Joseph’s our Physical Education (PE) program aims to encourage healthy active lifestyles where the emphasis is on participation, team work, skill development and having fun.
Students develop their basic motor skills from Prep and begin to develop further athletics, gymnastics and ball handling skills through the progressing year levels. Students are encouraged to participate in a number of individual and team sports.
Here at St Joseph’s we have a passion for all sports. This is evident through our sports academy program. Over the years, we have been further developing sporting talent across all areas. Our academy is an extension of PE and gives students a chance to further develop their fitness and skills in a combination of sports including athletics, cricket, football and soccer.
In term one we also run a free morning fitness class for both students and parents. Further to this, we have a newly introduced snow sports program that gives students a chance to learn to ski and snowboard at school using specialist equipment.
We believe that outdoor education gives students a chance to put into practice both leadership and team work skills. Our camps run annually from year four to six and provide a challenging yet rewarding experience for all students. Before going off to one of our exciting camps students learn basic outdoor education skills including; orienteering, bush craft and environmental studies.
Swimming programs are offered to children from years Prep to Six. All children are encouraged to attend these programs. Qualified instructors are employed and class sizes are limited. Parents meet the cost of their child’s involvement in the program. In 2017 swimming will be held at the newly opened King Swim Centre in Mernda.
Students from Year Four to Six are encouraged to participate in interschool sport. Interschool sport provides a healthy and fun level of competition between schools in the local area. Each week students compete against a different school, which may require students to play home games or travel away and compete at other schools and local sporting fields. Sport is held between 9.00 and 11.00 am each Friday morning in Term 1 and 2. These sports include cricket, T ball, soccer, football, netball, volleyball and basketball.
Athletics & Cross Country
Students are given an opportunity to participate in school, District, Regional and State Athletics Championships and Cross Country events. Students compete in a selection process held at school and may move through to the next level of competition. In recent years our school has achieved great success with some students reaching state level.