All students at St Alban's East have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education lessons weekly. The aim of Physical Education is to help students develop competencies and beliefs necessary for incorporating regular physical activity into their lives. The skills developed through the program are critical to ensuring that students have success in many of the sport and leisure activities common to the community.
The focus of the Prep program is on movement exploration (run, hop, skip, roll, jump, etc). The children also begin to develop their Fundamental Motor Skills, such as throwing, catching, and kicking. They also learn to play simple games, follow directions and develop their awareness of rules and safety. Prep students are also involved in a Perceptual Motor Program which they attend weekly.
The Year 1 and 2 program focuses on more complex Fundamental Motor Skills such as leaping, ball bouncing, striking, and dodging. They are also involved in more complex movement sequences, simple gymnastics, and more complex and detailed minor games.
The Year 3 and 4 program follows on from the Year 1 and 2 program and most activities are of a more complex nature. Fitness activities are held on a regular basis. Fundamental Motor Skills introduced include two-handed strike and forehand strike. Students are also involved in activities revolved around athletics (high jump, hurdles, shot put, discus, long and triple jump) to prepare them for our Athletics Carnival which is held every year. Students are introduced to modified major games such as hockey, netball, volleyball, soccer and basketball. Students also participate in the Beep test which is used to measure their fitness level.
The Year 5 and 6 program follows on from the Year 3 and 4 program. In term 1 students prepare for the athletics carnival. Selected students are invited to participate in the District Athletics Carnival where they compete against students from other local schools. Students continue to be involved in major games such as soccer, netball, rounders, cricket, basketball and volleyball and they have the opportunity to participate in interschool sport. Beep testing is also conducted on a regular basis.
All Physical Education lessons include discussions about safety issues. Other issues such as fair play, co-operation and good sportsmanship ear also discussed on a regular basis.