Health and Physical Education at St Francis Primary Tannum Sands

Our goal at St Francis is to provide a quality health and physical education program that can be life-changing for today’s young people and, in many cases, already is. Our program offer students a well-rounded opportunity to develop their bodies and minds to gain skills that will propel them to success in both the physical and academic aspects of education—and life.  A Good HPE program such as St Francis’s, provides the structure and discipline that young people need to perform in school effectively, make positive choices in their lives, persevere to see a project through to the end, and earn the respect of their peers.

Our program offers challenging yet achievable goals and includes all students in each activity session.  Students build basic skills, such as skipping and hopping, and work up to developing sport skills. Our older years continue to build physical skills while teaching students how to apply sports skills and basic sports strategies. It also includes cross-curricular activities so that students who think that math is not applicable in HPE can see how a football field is measured and how the trajectory of a soccer kick or basketball free throw has math and physics elements. Most importantly the program offers students a chance to experience health and fitness in a non-competitive and fun way.

The psychological benefits of exercise are just as important as the physical ones. Not to be overlooked are the positive effects of physical activity on self-image and self-confidence, and on promoting general feelings of health and wellness. Movement develops brain cells and stimulates the production of endorphins, body chemicals that help create feelings of happiness and calmness as well as ease stress and pain. A good workout can leave students feeling better about life and about self.

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