SAEPS Students Preparing Camp Woorabinda

31 Year 5 students from our school are preparing to attend Camp Woorabinda later this month. Camp Woorabinda  is a government residential school located on the shores of Lake Narracan in the LaTrobe Valley. It is situated on 100 Hectares of native bush, open paddocks, hidden wetlands and temperate rain forest.

The camp offers programs in environmental studies, sustainable practice, team building initiatives and challenging adventure activities. The activities are mainly physical and outdoor, all which require a reasonable level of physical fitness. These include bushwalking, canoeing, high and low ropes course and night hiking.  Other activities include bush cooking, archery, art, drama and nature studies.(see below)

Vy: I’m excited about the Low and High rope course.

Cohen: I’m pretty excited to go to the camp and meet new friends, go on fun activities (E.g: Canoeing), I’m very excited.

Duyen: l am excited to go to camp to experience new things and to try out the activities. to learn more and interact with new people.

Vanessa: lam excited to experience the wild life and socialize with the other schools.(crazy legs)

Henry: I’m exited to experience how it’s like in the world and I’m pretty excited for the canoeing.

Tracy:l want to experience how hard it will be in the bush.

Catherine: l am excited to go and  experience camp.

Sally:I’m excited to experience 5 days being independent away from my loving family

SAEPS travel to St Albans PS for Interschool Sport

Last Friday, May 12th we travelled to St Albans Primary School for Interschool Sport. We unfortunately did not win any of the matches, although the boy’s softball tied their match. If success is measured by winning and losing alone, then we are not doing very well. But if you consider how much the children have learnt about their respective sports through participation in Interschool Sport(skills, rules and tactical awareness) then it is evident that there has been success. Add to this the growth in confidence, self-esteem, social skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others in teams. Need l say more?

I would like to mention the efforts of one of our girls in the softball team. Tiffany volunteered to be the pitcher for the team, not having ever done it before. She began with quite a few loose balls, but did not give up and began to pitch a few good ones. However not too many though. She was having trouble with her technique. At the end of 1st innings the coach asked Tiffany if she wanted to stop pitching. There was a quick “No”- she wanted to continue. Walking out to pitch in the 2nd innings Tiffany began with similar results to the 1st innings. Some good ones and some not so good ones. However there was some improvement as the match continued. What was constant during all of this was the confidence Tiffany displayed in her skills, the way she never gave up, never worried about her poor pitches and the huge smile that was always on her face. Great effort Tiffany.

Today the girls’ softball team played with St Albans Primary School. The scores were St Albans 12 to St Albans East 7. Unfortunately, we lost but we had an amazing game and we learnt lots and also taught the other team some things as well. All our players were champions and we worked co-operatively. We were not expecting to play on a different field away from the school, but it seemed better since their oval was quite small. Written by Rebecca

Today, the tchoukball team played against St Albans Primary School. Even though we unfortunately lost with the scores 27 – 22, we tried our best to play on an unfamiliar court. We all played our best and scored many goals. Some outstanding players were Sa, Brian, Levi and Thinh who had great throws, strong catches and powerful goals. St Albans Primary School’s court had some things similar to ours such as a large D, but their rebounding nets that were stronger than ours. The whole team would like to thank Mr Mussel for being a great coach. Written by Kathleen and Kathy

My name is Anna and on Friday, we played netball against St Albans at their school. The scores were St Albans East 0 to St Albans 7. Even though we lost the game, it was fun playing and we are learning more about netball. Everyone tried their best and had a great time.

Today we played softball against St Albans Primary School. It was a very challenging game. They were a good side to play against. The scores turned out to be a tie. The scores were four all. Our best players were Ethan, Adrian and Leo. It was a fun game.  Written by Adrian and Khen

Hi, my name is Rohilh and today we played boys netball against St Albans Primary School. The scores were 4 to 0 St Albans Primary School’s way. We lost, but everyone had fun. They were great players and were victorious. It was a great game.


Boys Basketball Team Reach Finals

Last Friday, March 17th SAEPS children participated in the last round of Summer Interschool Sport against St Albans Meadows at home. Over the last few weeks it has been wonderful to witness our children confidently applying their vastly improved skills in a competitive situations. They have displayed fairness and sportsmanship at all times when competing. I have heard many positive comments from visiting teachers about the children and they should be proud of what they have achieved this term. Congratulations to the Boys Basketball who went through the season undefeated. They will be playing against St Augustines PS later this term. You will find details of last Friday’s action in the match reports below.

Today we played against St. Albans Meadows at home and it was perfect weather for a great game of T-ball. St. Albans Meadows is the best team we have played so far and we learnt a lot from them. We learnt how to tag and to pass the ball to the best person. Ethan was our best player and he was the only one to make two home runs. Khen, Kordan, Steven Stephen, Mohammed and Leo made single home runs. Unfortunately we lost the game, but we still had fun. The scores were 35 to 8.     Written by Stephen

Today we played tennis against St Ajbans Meadows. Unfortunately we lost. The scores were 6 to Meadows and 0 to SAEPS. But we still felt like champions and we had a lot of fun these last few weeks. We have learnt a lot and have improved our tennis skills. We have met many new people and even though we didn’t win many games we still tried our best. If you are thinking of getting into tennis we recommend you should as you will improve your skills and really enjoy it.         Written by Doan and Yeeva

Today was our last game of Girls basketball. Like always we had fun and continued to improve our skills. We played against St Albans Meadows. The scores were East 8 and Meadows 14. It was a good game. Their team was very cooperative. Even though we lost, we all felt that this was our best game so far.    Written by Rebecca

Today we played Meadows in Boys basketball. The scores were Meadows 3 and SAEPS 15. We all played well. We have been undefeated all season. Thanks to Mr Z and Mr S for coaching us and well done to the whole team.    Written by Neli and Brian



Rd 3 Interschool match reports University Park Feb 24th

We were on the road again for Interschool Sport on Friday competing against University Park PS at their school. The children have been working really hard to develop their skills and  understanding of how to play their sport. The boys’ basketball team appears to be setting the standard for others to follow as they remain undefeated. Well done boys. It was fantastic to see the tennis team have their first win for the season. Great work.

Last Friday we played against Uni Park in girls’ teeball. Both teams played outstandingly, but unfortunately we lost by 2 runs. The score was East 15 to UPPS 17. Our best players were Kathy for encouraging others and Julie for displaying good sportsmanship. Everyone tried their best and we all had fun.    By Truc and Julie

On Friday, the girls’ basketball team played against Uni Park PS. It was a very good game and we had lots of fun. Uni Park were friendly and good to play against. The Scores were East 4 and UPPS 20. Although we lost, this was our best game we have played so far. The best players for East were Rebecca, Vyvyan, Mimi and Kathleen. Uni Park were friendly and good to play against.  By Vyvyan and Rebecca

On Friday, the boys had a game of basketball against Uni Park. We had a good game and the scores were close. The scores were East 14 to Uni Park 12. The best players were Prince, Levi and Brian. They were a good team to play against and l hope we can play against them again.   By Brian

We played University Park PS on Friday in boys’ teeball. It was a good game and our players displayed some good skills during the game. Best players for us were Ethan, Mohammad and Thinh. It was fun playing and everyone enjoyed themselves.   By Steven

On Friday, the tennis team played against University Park. It was a sunny day and the bus was not late this time. We all played really well and fortunately we won. East 4 –Uni Park 0. Everyone tried their best and we played some great games. We had a good bus trip and the bus driver let us listen to music.    By Doan

SAEPS vs North -Interschool Sport Week 2

This week we played against St Albans North in Interschool Sport at home. The children appeared to have overcome the nervousness they displayed before last week games and were showing some signs of confidence. They had some time to practise their skills before North arrived and I’m sure that helped them in their games. We had some success winning 2 games and 1 game tied.

Boys Basketball-written by Neli and Sa

We had a great time playing basketball against North. It was a clean game and we won. The score was SAEPS 12 and North 11. It was a close game. Levi, Brian and Prince played really well, scoring all the goals.

Tennis-written by Garang

Hi, my name is Garang and we played tennis against St Albans North Primary School. They played well and so did we. The score was SAEPS 0 to North 6. We had lots of fun and we were all nice to each other.

Girls Teeball-written by Truc and Himanot

This morning we played against St Albans North. Our best players were Hope, Lavonia, and Himanot. Our game was a draw-24 to 24. We felt proud of our team because we tied the game and we had lots of fun.

Girls Basketball-written by Rebecca and Mimi

Today the girls basketball team played against St Albans North PS. The score was SAEPS 0 and North 20. We lost but we had lots of fun and are determined to improve for future games. Their school had some outstanding players and we learnt lots from them.

Boys Teeball-written by Ethan and Christian

We played against St Albans North in teeball. Even though we were short a few players we still played well. We were much better at checking whether it was safe to run or not. It was a good match and they were a really good school to play against. We won the match by 6 runs. The score was 16 to 10. Yeah!!

A Great Start To The Year

What a great start to the year it has been. The school is alive with happy children  all around the school engaged in a range of learning activities. In PE, children have been eager to participate during lessons and all grades have been working very well together.

Prep children have adjusted to structure and routines of school life really well. A lot of them were involved in the Pre-Prep program conducted last year which has helped them to develop a good understanding of expected behaviour in class. They have spent time in PE learning about rules, procedures and safe behaviour when working in the hall. They participated in movement activities that encouraged them to develop their awareness of, and move safely when playing around other children. Children learnt to recognise boundaries and participated in numerous movement and running activities.

Year 1/2 children also improved their understanding of safe behaviour when participating in activities in the hall.  We discussed how to run and move safely, keep our shoes tied tightly and be careful when using equipment. The children participated in activities to develop their use of small balls. They practiced their throwing and catching skills and used them in minor ball games.

The Year 3/4 children were also working on improving their                    throwing and catching skills. Activities were aimed at refining their techniques to improve accuracy and power. They learnt about teamwork and cooperating together when working in a team. They learnt how to play the game of Throwball, which is similar to Teeball.

Tennis has been all the go for the Year 5/6 children. They have participated in a range of activities to improve their racquet and ball control. They learnt how to play forehand and backhand ground shots and are beginning to display these skills when playing modified games of tennis. They are beginning to gain good control when striking the ball. The Year 6 children have also been preparing for Interschool Sport where they will be competing in games of Teeball, Basketball and Tennis.


Children play their first Interschool Sport games.

Year 6 children participated in their first day of Interschool Sport competition on Friday. As they assembled in the hall before leaving, there was an air of excitement as well as quite a bit of nervousness. We travelled to Holy Eucharist to play against their children in Basketball, Teeball and Tennis. The children were great and for many of them it was their first ever competitive game. Although we did not win all matches they all enjoyed themselves, improved their skills and played really well. Below are reports on the games written by some of the children.

Tennis-written by Hoang

On Friday the 10th, the SAEPS tennis team went to play Holy Eucharist. When we got there the school was very welcoming. This was our first game of inter-school sports of the year; we were nervous but extremely excited at the same time. It was a great game, we played well but unfortunately, we lost 4 Holy Eucharist -0 SAEPS. Overall, we had a great game and lots of fun!

Girl’s Basketball-written by Lindzy and Kathleen

Last Friday we played against Holy Eucharist in girls’ Basketball. It was a fun game even though we lost 0-5 and everybody enjoyed themselves. Our best players were Rebecca for trying to shoot multiple goals, Mimi for great defending and Vyvyan for her wonderful effort. We would like to thank our coach Mr. Z for training us for the game.

Girls T-ball-written by Truc

Last Friday the girls  T-ball did not play because Holy Eucharist was unable to come to our school. We practised on the oval to improve our skills. Mr. Gandy, our coach, took slow motion videos of us batting to see our technique and how we could improve. We are looking forward to our next game.

Boys T-ball-written by Thinh

On the 10th of February we played Holy Eucharist in boys T-ball. We were slightly delayed by the bus. The school was nice when we came. This was our first game and we were nervous and excited. They played very well but we came out on top. The final scores were SAEPS 15 and Holy Eucharist 10. It was a great game and a good match. We hope to play them again soon.

Boys Basketball-written by Adrian

On Friday the 10th of February we played against Holy Eucharist in Boys Basketball. It was a rough game, but we came out winners. The score was Holy Eucharist 7 and SAEPS 8. Prince and Levi had a great game.Well done.


Welcome to 2017

I would like to welcome everyone back to the new school year and hope that you had a happy and safe holiday period. It is exciting to see many new faces around the place. We have a new Acting Principal, Paul Busuttil who I’m sure will bring fresh ideas to enhance our great school. We also have approximately 60 new Prep students. These little additions to our school community are full of excitement and have adjusted to school life really well. You can see the benefits of the Pre-Prep program that the school ran last year

All children at SAEPS participate in a weekly one hour Physical Education lesson. The curriculum focuses on children enhancing their own and other’s health, well-being, safety and physical activity participation in a range of various activities. It aims to develop childrens knowledge, skills and motivation to lay the foundations for a lifelong involvement in physical activity. Physical Education addresses the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies to allow children to participate in a range of physical activities.

During the year children will participate in a range of competitive and non-competitive games, as well as skill development sessions to improve their fundamental motor skills. In these activities they will have opportunities to develop teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills. As a result of their participation in Physical Education activities children will also have opportunities to enhance their social, emotional and cooperative skills.

Many of the activities that the children will be involved in are based around developing their fundamental motor skills of which there are two groups. The first group is the locomotor skills such as running, rolling, jumping, balancing, dodging, leaping, skipping and hopping. The other group is object control skills such as bouncing, kicking, throwing, catching and striking. Most skills used in sport and movement activities are advanced versions of fundamental motor skills.

Sport and sport education, gymnastics, dance, swimming, cooperative activities and athletics are also be included in the curriculum. The children will also be involved in fitness activities each lesson. Prep children will also participate in a weekly Perceptual Motor Program session which aims to develop language, motor, visual, auditory, social skills and memory space such as the ability to remember instructions and recall information.


term 3

Welcome back to SAEPS for Term 3. During this term the students will be engaged in a variety of physical activities, games and movement challenges. Students will have opportunities to develop new skills, consolidate others and have opportunities to practise their decision making. 

Students in Foundation will begin the term with a unit on small ball handling skills and skipping.Year 1/2 students will focus on developing their tennis skills, with a strong emphasis on forehand strike. Students in years 3-6 will be busy preparing for the school athletics carnival which will be held later in the term.

Next week we have 16 Year 5/6 students attending Somers School Camp. Somers is camp owned and operated and will be held from Tuesday July 26th to Wednesday, August 3rd.



The camp has both indoor and outdoor activities all run by specialist permanent teaching staff. The activities are mainly physical and outdoor and include High and Low Ropes Courses, Boating, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Challenge Swing and Initiative Activities which require a reasonable level of physical fitness. All children are also required to take part in the following activities: Archery, Art, Drama, Environmental Studies, Bush Cooking, Orienteering, Bike Education, Flying Fox, Bush Dancing, Disco Night, Singing and Diary Writing.




Term 3 2016-Student Voice

Another term at SAEPS is fast coming to an end. During this term children have participated in a range of activities that have allowed them to develop a range of skills. They enjoyed their experiences and displayed enthusiasm when participating.

Prep children have been participated in units on ball-handling, movement and gymnastics. They especially enjoyed learning how to perform forward rolls.

Year 1/2 children have also been working on developing their ball-handling skills, concentrating on throwing and catching, and learning how to perform a dive roll. The children also participated in a unit on tennis. They enjoyed learning skills associated with the game of tennis. Children are now more confident and show more control when throwing.

The children in Years 3/6 began the term working on improving their athletics skills in preparation for the school athletics carnival. Many of the children displayed great improvement in a range of skills. Following the athletics was a unit on table tennis. Although being a difficult game to learn, the children enjoyed participating and much improvement was shown.

What was your favourite activity in Physical Education during term 3? Tell me what you did and why you enjoyed this. If you have any ideas about what you would like to learn next term, please let me know. 


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