A specialist teacher is employed to oversee and deliver Physical Education lessons as well as the extra curricula sporting opportunities. All classes take part in 2 Physical Education lessons per week. Learning is planned using the Australian Curriculum, focusing on the development of essential gross motor and movement skills and concepts. Students participate in a range of physical activities including; AFL, rugby, tennis, netball, hockey, athletics, basketball, cricket, baseball/softball and soccer. Students in Years T-2 participate in a perceptual Motor Program once/week designed to develop their coordination, balance and gross motor skills.
Students are assessed on their skills, performance, sportsmanship, teamwork and attitudes.
The school has a number of facilities for teaching Physical Education lessons including an undercover gym area, school oval and hall with a fully sprung wooden floor for dance and movement sessions.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is registered as a Sporting School and receives funding from the Federal government to assist in the delivery of a comprehensive and varied program. Funds are used to employ suitably qualified coaches to deliver sessions and to purchase resources for the program.
Students are expected to wear their school sports uniform and runners on their scheduled PE days only. On other days of the week they are expected to wear their normal school uniform.
St Mary’s provides a comprehensive school swimming program usually in term 1 each year. The lessons are conducted by qualified swimming instructors from the Royal Life Saving Society with the focus on teaching swimming and survival skills. All students are involved in the school swimming program over a two week period with lessons from Mondays –Thursdays inclusive. A School Swimming Carnival is held for students in Years 3-6 towards the end of Term 1.
In Term 2, the focus is on athletics with an Athletics Carnival held for all year levels at Marrara-Arafura Stadium towards the end of Term 2.
Students in Years 4-6 are selected to represent the school at various interschool sporting events throughout the year including basketball, Australian rules, netball, cricket, soccer, athletics, touch football and swimming. Transport to and from these events is provided by parents of the students selected.