At St. Benedict's Catholic Primary School, we use a collaborative approach in delivering the Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Reflecting the dynamic and multi-dimensional nature of health, classroom teachers are primarily responsible for the planning, implementation and reporting of Health and Personal Development units which provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary for making informed decisions about promoting the health of individuals and communities and enhancing personal development. Supporting the development of these Health and Personal Development concepts, they are also an integral part of the Physical Education program. The focus in Physical Education Specialist lessons however is the development of concepts and skills for physical activity and we have a full time specialist Physical Education teacher who conducts the program.
The Physical Education program at St. Benedict’s has been designed to be inclusive of all students. Recognising the significant health benefits of physical activity, the program is designed to encourage maximum participation, enjoyment and progression of physical activity skills in an endeavour to inspire and enable lifelong participation in a variety of sporting and recreational activities. The Physical Education Specialist reports on the student’s progression in physical activity skills.
Physical Education lessons across Years Prep – 6 actively engage all students in a large variety of activities in order to develop physical activity skills including team building and cooperative games; perceptual motor activities; fitness; athletics; ball skills and recreational games. To supplement the program students also participate in an Aquatic Program (Term 1 or 4) conducted for various year levels by experienced professional coaches and we also have Sports Programs delivered by AFLQ, Oz Tag and NRL.
In addition to the Physical Education Program, we have various Sporting Programs within the school to provide students with an opportunity to employ and reinforce skills and concepts developed in the Physical Education program, in a more competitive but still supportive environment. These programs include Years 4-6 athletics practice and trials and Year 4-6 Gala Days in Terms 2 and 3 with associated training sessions in the lead up to these events.
St Benedict’s also have Annual Swimming (Junior and Senior), Cross Country and Athletics (Years P-6) Carnivals. At these carnivals, students are selected to compete at competitions within the Pine Rivers District and also in the Catholic Zone 6 Carnivals.
Students who are selected for these teams are provided with the opportunity to train in the lead up to these events. Students who are selected in District teams, also continue to train with coaches at school to prepare for Regional competitions.
Term 1: Swimming Carnival (3-6) and Cross Country (P-6) and AFLQ program
Term 2: Athletics Carnival (P-6) and Year 4-6 Zone 6 Gala Day
Term 3: Oz Tag and Backyard League Program and Years 4-6 NRL Gala Day
Term 4: Years 4-6 Mixed Sports Gala Day
Children from 8yrs upwards participate in a competitive inter-school sporting program involving a cluster of Catholic Schools (Zone 6) from the local area. The Zone 6 carnivals include – swimming, cross country and track & field. Students don’t progress to a higher representational level however it provides them with a low key competitive opportunity.
St. Benedict's school is also part of the Pine Rivers District Sports Association. This provides the opportunity for children from 10yrs upwards possessing a higher skill level to participate at a higher competitive level. We conduct school trials initially and select students to attend District trials in a wide range of sports including tennis, rugby union & league, touch football, soccer and netball, basketball, softball, AFL, hockey, cricket and triathlon. Selected students will compete at District level and then perhaps at Metropolitan North level or ultimately at the Queensland Schools State Titles.
In an aim to increase the activity levels of our children, encourage a healthy lifestyle and also provide an opportunity for a social occasion for our school community, St Benedict’s provides a before school program called ‘Let’s Walk’. This has diversified and now has ‘Let’s Skip’ and ‘Let’s Dance’ mornings. Children and their families and staff members participate.
We are also active members of the Sporting Schools Program in which we receive Government grants to enable our students to participate in extra programs after school. Past programs have included sailing, golf, baseball, basketball and dancing.
Our school actively supports community sporting groups who provide sporting programs after school. In the past these have included AFL Qld and Qld Roar.
We also have staff members who conduct ‘Bitty Bennies’, ‘Junior Bennies’ and ‘Senior Benny Bright Stars’ dance groups and we have a resident tennis coach that has before and after school lessons and also supports our in- school tennis program.
Our Sport House Teams are Monte Cassino, Nursia, Subiaco and Anicii.