Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education
During Term Two, children in years 5 and 6 participate in weekly interschool sport. This provides our senior children to practise their skills in a semi-competitive setting. Children play against other schools in the Ballarat area throughout the term. Lightning premierships are also held in major sports such as Football and Netball.
We support a lifelong involvement in physical activity and the pursuit of health and well being. Children participate in daily activity including morning exercise and one specialist PE class per week. We promote the physical, social, emotional and spiritual health of individuals, families and communities.
The children are given the skills to identify the harms associated with particular situations and behaviours and make them aware of good nutritional habits. They will be encouraged to develop values regarding rights and responsibilities of individuals and communities so that they can make informed decisions about their own and others’ lives, as they form effective relationships with families, friends and groups.
All children will participate in a specialist physical education lesson each week, which develops fundamental motor skills, games skills, strategies and understanding of heath issues relating to sport and exercise.
Interschool sport involvement in years 3/4 and 5/6 provides opportunities for children to meet children from other schools and to enhance their games skills in a safe competitive environment. Developing good sportsmanship is a valued part of the inter-school sport experience.
Swimming programs and school camps are an important aspect of our Health and Physical education curriculum.
They will be encouraged to take a proactive role in the safety of themselves and others, through participation in a number of programs.
From May put sun gear away.
St Michael's adopts a Sun Smart policy, particulary during Terms One and Four. No Hat, means No outside play during that time, and we encourage students and parents to apply sunscreen in the morning prior to attending school, and having it in their bag for updating during the day. From May, particularly in our region, we start to experience colder weather and in particular frosts. We have uploaded the Sun Smart widget (refer below) for students and families to check the UV ray alerts at this time of the year. Even though the weather might be cooling down, it is important not to get complacent about sun protection. However, Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, muscles and general wellbeing. The best natural source of vitamin D is the sun’s UV.
From May to August when UV levels are low (below 3), Victorian schools are advised to put sun hats and other sun protection gear away and ensure staff and students get some sun for vitamin D. At this time of the year, staff and students need to expose their face, arms and hands (or equivalent area of skin) to midday winter sun for 2-3 hours spread over the week. Those with naturally very dark skin may need 3-6 times this amount. Sun protection is not required at this time of year, unless near highly reflective surfaces such as snow, outside for extended periods or when the UV reaches 3 and above.
At St Michael's we strive at this time of the year to get some sun exposure for vitamin D by:
· doing Physical activity, which assists with production of vitamin D
· Clothing acts as a barrier to vitamin D absorption, so put away the hat and roll up the sleeves
· · Remember, student excursions to the snow still require full sun protection.
For more information and resources download the free SunSmart app or visit sunsmart.com.au.