A specialist Physical Education teacher focuses on movement and physical activity in weekly lessons with all classes from Prep to Year 6. Lessons develop skills of running, jumping, throwing and catching through activities and games. Core skills of various sports and games, of athletics and swimming are addressed. Personal development aspects of sportsmanship, cooperation and healthy lifestyle are also promoted.
We are fortunate to have great facilities for the teaching of Physical Education. There are two large grassed areas at the back of the school grounds. The lower oval has a cricket pitch and around the perimeter is a circuit of activity structures. There are also several adventure playgrounds. Many lessons are taken in the hall which has impact-friendly flooring. We also have a multi-purpose outdoor court as well as a large multi-purpose covered area with soft flooring. Swimming classes are held in 4th term at another venue.
In the Prep Year program, the children regularly engage in perceptual-motor activities to develop balance and coordination.
Durack has long focused on being a "Green and Healthy School". Learning about healthy living, including nutrition, hygiene, staying active, resilience, and many other health topics, is part of the classroom program.
Interschool Sport is on selected Friday afternoons. Sports include Netball, Soccer, Rugby League, Touch Football, Volleyball, Basketball and AFL. In Term 4 there are "Gala Days" when less mainstream sports such as Cricket, Water Polo, Tennis, Lawn Bowls and Softball are offered
Students aged 10 and up participate in the District Athletics competitions and our school team has a long record of success.
Students with a talent for a particular sport can be nominated for District teams, and from those competitions can win a place in Regional and possible State teams. Several students have been selected in the Regional Rugby League, Touch Football and Athletics teams. Some have progressed to State teams.
Ian Lamb, Physical Education