About the program
At Larrakeyah Primary School, we have 2 Physical Education teachers: Mr Brad King provides weekly PE lessons to all students in Years 3 - 6 and Miss Charlotte Moody provides weekly PE lessons to students in Transition to Year 2. Physical education helps students increase physical activity, both in and out of school. Children enrolled in physical education classes not only improve their own health but also learn to have a more positive attitude toward physical fitness in general. Children learn to draw a correlation between physical health and general well-being, which resonates outside of the gym or classroom. Some of the benefits experienced by students include:
Improved Physical Fitness: Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.
Skill Development: Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.
Regular, Healthful Physical Activity: Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.
Support of Other Subject Areas: Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum.Serves as a lab for application of content in science, math and social studies.
Self Discipline: Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.
Improved Judgment: Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others; question actions and regulations and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
Stress Reduction: Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.
Strengthened Peer Relationships: Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of peer culture.
Improved Self-confidence and Self-esteem: Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.
Experience Setting Goals: Physical education provides children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.
In June each year, Larrakeyah Primary holds its three day long Sports Carnival. There is one dedicated day each for Early Childhood (Transition- Year 2) and Upper Primary (Year 3- Year 6) tabloid events. The third day and culminating event is the whole school track events. The whole school community comes together with parents cheering their children and volunteering at the BBQ and drinks stalls.