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'Physical Education is unique in its ability to impact on the physical, social, emotional and mental health of students. It promotes lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of motor skills and movement competence, health-related physical fitness and sports education.'

Our school’s PE program is based upon the important premise that regular physical activity is necessary for a child’s health and wellbeing. St John’s aims to provide regular opportunities for students to participate in fun physical activity and learn about healthy lifestyles. Bluearth runs in conjunction with the PE program to promote the holistic wellbeing of our students.

In line with the Victorian Curriculum, the school’s PE program encourages the development of both fine and gross motor skills, fitness, team disciplines and game skills. From Prep through to Year 6, the educational emphasis is on developing basic motor skills such as running, hopping, jumping, skipping, catching, throwing, kicking, rolling, balancing, twisting and turning. As students progress through the grades, simple skills are developed into more complex sequences before being applied to specific games and sports settings.

The Year 5 and 6 program includes participation in the Carlton District School Sports Association winter and summer competitions, as well as the combined Interschool Athletics.

School Swimming Program

Each year students from Prep to Year 4 participate in an eight-day swimming program at the Collingwood Leisure Centre. For some children, this is their first experience of being in the water, while for others the program will complement activities they are already doing outside of school. Our swimming program is facilitated by trained Auswim instructors employed by Yarra City Council. The children are assessed to ensure that they are placed in an appropriate-level group, with an emphasis on each child experiencing success and developing confidence in the water. The swimming program usually takes place towards the end of the Term 1.