Sport and Physical Education
The focus for Physical Education at Evatt School is to promote being a good sport, playing fairly and doing one’s personal best in a safe and supportive environment.
At Evatt we have a specialist Physical Education educator who teaches classes throughout the school. The program is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and integrates cross curriculum priorities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as other cultures (particularly Japanese, our taught language). The PE teacher works closely with classroom teachers to ensure that all areas of the Physical Education curriculum are covered, including fundamental movement and motor skills, as well as applying these skills to specific sports.
For more information on the PE curriculum in the various year groups foundation (kindergarten), year 1/2, year 3/4 and year 5/6) please use the following website www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/health-and-physical-education/.
In preschool the program is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) https://www.education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework-0 and the National Quality Standard (NQS) www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-quality-standard.
Evatt School holds inter-house swimming, cross country and track and field carnivals each year. We have four sporting houses Copland (red), Clancy (blue), Webb (yellow) and Dixon (green) and the children in years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to apply to be a house captain or vice-captain and assist with organisation at the carnivals.
School Sport ACT
Students who qualify for the next level of competition in swimming, cross country and track and field go on to represent Evatt School at the School Sport ACT Belconnen region carnivals. Beyond this, students with outstanding ability go on to compete at ACT and National levels.
In addition to our sporting carnivals students have the opportunity to trial, and if selected, represent the Belconnen region at School Sport ACT sporting competitions in sports such as rugby, hockey, netball, basketball and many more. Exceptional performing students may then be given an opportunity to go on to represent the ACT at National sporting events such as the Pan Pacific Games.
For more information about School Sport ACT please got to their website - www.schoolsportact.asn.au.
Evatt School is part of the Sporting Schools (www.sportingschools.gov.au) network which enables us to apply for grants to support our specialist and class based physical education programs. These grants pay for equipment and clinics that allow children to learn (from high class athletes) the specific skills that individual sports require. To date these sports have included tennis, softball, AFL, hockey, basketball and netball.
For many years we have worked closely with the Melba Tennis Club who come and instruct students at Evatt School on specific tennis skills in a fun and confidence building manner.
Like all ACT schools, Evatt participates in the Aquasafe program through Royal Life Saving ACT. Aquasafe is specifically designed for year 2 students and focuses specifically on water safety and survival skills. The content covered can be applied to a range of aquatic environments and provides them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to avoid danger and prevent death in and around water. The program consists of a two week (10 day) block of pool-based and classroom sessions.
Learn to Swim
Each year Evatt School gives children in kindergarten to year 2 the opportunity to participate in a Learn to Swim program at a local swim school.