Students at Saeps have been busy improving a range of skills and understandings. The Preps have just completed a unit where they had the opportunity to develop their Vertical Jumping skills. It was pleasing to see the confidence and competence of the students develop during this unit. They are now working on their Gymnastics skills where they will learn to develop the ability to perform a forward roll. The Year 1/2 are beginning a unit on Forehand Strike. All skill components of the strike will be practised and the students will have the opportunity to apply it in a range of minor games. The Year 3/4 will have the opportunity to organise and play a game of Teeball. Students will learn what is required such as organising teams, equipment and the running of the game. Skills refined and developed will include overhand throwing, catching and two-hand side-on strike. Year 5/6 students will be participate in a cooperative running activity as a warm up. They will then work on developing their ability to play hockey with skills practise, followed by games.
This week will give the opportunity for our students to develop a variety of skills and understandings. The Preps will commence a unit on improving their catching skills. They will be work on keeping their eyes focused on the ball, catching balls of different size and texture. They will also be given the opportunity to improve their agility and movement skills by completing an obstacle course. The Year 1/2 program will see the students refining their vertical jumping skills. They will also be learning the rules of Bushrangers, which is a ball evasion game. The Year 3/4s will be returning to Teeball which they experienced earlier in the year. They will be working to improve their decision making during the game. The Year 5/6 program will see the students complete the Badminton unit with a knockout competition. The students will learn what is involved in organising such an event and will take responsibilty for some of the roles.
Students at SAEPS will have another exciting and busy week in PE. Preps will continue to focus on developing their dodging skills. They will also complete activities to develop their balance and locomotion skills. Yr 1/2 will also continue with dodging activities, as well as beginning a unit of work on leaping. Yr 3/4 enjoyed working on their vaulting skills last week and they continue to develop these using the vaulting horse. They will also be working on developing their skills in Newcomb. This week they will be concentrating on rules and how to keep score in matches. The Yr 5/6s will also be vaulting again. Badminton will still continue to be the focus for the Yr 5/6s. They will also be learning how to keep score when playing a game. The Yr 5/6s will also be preparing for a Badminton competition to be held in the hall during lunchtimes.
Planning for the SAEPS Swimming Program is well under way. Permission and medical notices were sent home to parents last week. Already over sixty children have returned their notices and will be attending the program. Places are filling quickly. I’m sure demand for places will be greater than the 96 places we have available to us, and unfortunately some children will miss out on developing their water safety and swimming skills.
Term 4 has commenced and is already building up to be a very busy time at SAEPS. Planning has began for the Whole School Swimming program that will be held from December 2nd to 13th. We are going to Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre which offers a well balanced progam in a safe environment.
Approximately 10 students are preparing to attend Camp Woorabinda from December 9th to 13th. The camp which is located near Moe, is run by The Department of Education and Early Childhood. The camp is for Year 4 and 5 students delivers a focused educational program based around bush craft.
In PE the Year 5/6s will be focusing on Major games such as badminton and hockey. They will continue to participate in co-operative activities, ball-handling and fitness activities. The Year 3/4s have begun the term participating in a unit of Volleyball, building on their skills learnt earlier this when playing Newcomb. They will also be involved in units on Gymnastics, co-operative games and Teeball. The Year 1/2s have begun the term concentrating on improving their skipping skills. They have also practised safe running in a group. They will be working on developing their balance, ball-handling and jumping skills. The Preps have begun the term with a unit designed to make them more aware of others when working in the hall. They will aslo be working on dodging, gymnastics and balance skills.
The AASC program will be commencing next week. On Mondays the program will be rugby and on Thursdays it will be basketball. Students have submitted their preferences for the program and numbers will be finalised later this week. The students are very excited about rugby as it is a popular game that is often played in the school yard.
With Term Three coming to an end, it is time to reflect on some of the events that have occurred in PE at SAEPS. Year 3-6 students have focussed on developing their athletics skills in readiness for the District Athletics Carnival. As a results of their performances at the carnival, six of our students were invited to attend the Regional Athletics which are being held later this week. Year 3-4 students also participated in a mini AFL football unit to help them develop their skills in preparation Western Bulldogs Cultural Cup footy gala day.
Prep -2 students have continued to develop and refine fundamental motor skills such as dodging, running and forehand strike. Year 1-2 students also have continued to improve their skipping skills. It’s great to see many of them skipping in the yard at recess and lunch time.
AASC for this term has seen the students participate in Pakour(movement) and Karate. Both coaches, Wendy for Karate and Sam for Pakour have worked hard to provide an enjoyable and challenging program. The participants have developed their skills and fitness levels. Both coaches have been impressed with the behaviour and effort of all children.
On Friday, August 23rd approximately 200 Yr 3-6 students competed in the annual St Albans East Athletics Carnival. The Carnival was held on the school oval with children competing in a variety of athletic events. Despite the weather being inclement, the children competed with enthusiasm and many great efforts were achieved. The carnival was won by Green house. Those children who performed well on the day have been invited to attend the District Sports which will be held on Thursday, September 5th.
Last week the Active After School Communities program commenced for term 3. AASC is a program funded by the Federal Government and aims at increasing children’s participation in physical activity and fitness levels, as well as improving student engagement, school connectiveness and academic performance through involvement in sporting activities. The activities for this term are Karate on Monday nights and Fitness Activities on Thursday. Approximately 20 children are participating in each session, working with enthusiasm to improve their skills. The children are looking forward to the sessions this week.
The St Albans East PS Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday, August 23rd. The carnival is a great opportunity for our students to compete in sporting events and show off their athletic skills. Year 3-6 students have been working in Phys Ed on improving their athletics skills in readiness for the event. The students have had experience with high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, hurdles and running. Students who perform well will have the opportunity to represent St Albans East at the District Athletics Carnival to be held on Thursday, September 5th.
Year 3-6 students also participated in a mini unit on cooperative games. Students enjoyed these activities and displayed good problem solving skills, teamwork and cooperation.
Prep students have been working on improving the fundamental motor skills of running and catching.
Year 1-2 students have been working hard to improve their skipping skills this term, with almost all students successfully displaying this skill. They have also participated in a unit on kicking.