Physical Education at St Peter's Boys Prep

  • February 04, 2016 | Barry Detert - Director of Sport

In physical education, the focus is on movement and its contribution to the development of individuals. By learning in, through, and about movement, boys gain an understanding that movement is integral to human expression and that it can contribute to boy’s pleasure and enhance their lives.

They learn to understand, appreciate, and move their bodies, relate positively to, and demonstrate constructive attitudes and values. This learning takes place as they engage in play, games, sport, exercise, recreation, adventure, and expressive movement in diverse physical and social environments. Physical education encourages students to engage in movement experiences that promote and support the development of physical and social skills. It fosters critical thinking and action and enables students to understand the role and significance of physical activity for individuals and society as a whole.

Regular and enjoyable physical activity benefits everyone. It can improve physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being and, for St Peter’s boys and young people everywhere, it should be part of daily life.

Society influences the choices young people make around physical activity, just as it affects their other choices. We all share responsibility for providing opportunities for physical activity. Schools, in particular, play a critical role in fostering young people’s physical activity, teaching the skills and attitudes needed to participate, and in providing a safe venue for the activity to take place. An effective school programme will include time for daily play and structured and unstructured physical activities, provide recreation and sport, and offer quality physical education for all.

When clear, positive messages about physical activity and opportunities to take part in it are part of every school’s day-to-day teaching, physical activity becomes part of all students’ development. This emphasis on physical activity can help cultivate the important links between a school and its wider community, for instance, through organised sport.