Mount Pleasant Primary School provides a Physical Education Program for all children as outlined in the ACARA Health and Physical Education Learning Area Statement. Physical Education at Mount Pleasant Primary encompasses a Whole School Daily Fitness Program, special links with a variety of sporting bodies, Edu-Dance, in-term swimming lessons, house and interschool sports as well as heightening an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Every student attending our school is involved in a minimum of two hours of physical activity each week.
Whole School Daily Fitness
Teachers and parents were surveyed to determine the relative positioning of the school in relation to the eight Learning Areas. From the data gathered, it was clearly evident that both sectors of the school community identified a need for the development of children’s skills for Physical Activity.
In response to this identified need, a Whole School Daily Fitness Program was introduced and joint ownership of the program with staff members as well as the children became key components to the successful implementation of this initiative. A wide range of strategies have been employed where the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than that of a competitive nature. Thirteen activities are included in a colour coded timetable run over a three weekly rotational cycle. This ensures that the students are exposed to a variety of enjoyable physical activities that challenge them, encourage goal-setting and maintain their enthusiasm to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Over a number of years multi-levelled surveys have shown that in terms of enjoyment, skill development, team work, participation and increased heart rate the children have embraced the program.
Students are exposed to a wide range of sporting opportunities at Mount Pleasant Primary School.
Our Links to Sporting Bodies include;
Tennis West – Our school has developed a very close relationship with this sporting body. Mount Pleasant Primary was chosen to participate in the National Tennis Talent Search held at the Burswood State Tennis Facility. In 2011, we were asked to trial the MLC Tennis Hotshots in Schools Program and last year the National AO Blitz campaign was launched at our school by Alicia Molik. The Hopman Cup and the Australian Open trophies have also been displayed at our school during these special occasions.
Fremantle Football Club – students from the junior years have been involved in a series of school-based Fundamental Movement Skills clinics. The culmination of this program entails the children attending a Gala Day at Fremantle Football Oval where they participate in a wide range of skills sessions conducted by current AFL players.
Fruit N Veg – Olympians from WAIS deliver healthy lifestyle lessons to the senior students each year. Kim Mickle, who won the silver medal in the women’s javelin event at the 2013 World Athletics Championships and was later named as the Australian Women’s Athlete of the Year was 2014's guest speaker.
Perth Wildcats Basketball Team – each year players from the Perth Wildcats hold a number of clinics for a range of year levels promoting healthy choices and the benefits of being involved in sport.
Edu-Dance - is a dance program designed for primary school students developed in Perth, Western Australia. It provides children with the opportunity to be part of a fun and energetic dance program within our school community. Edu-Dance covers many other aspects such as coordination, musical appreciation, self-confidence and gives many children the opportunity to experience the excitement of performing in front of an audience. Most importantly it is promoted as a program for fitness and fun.
In-Term Swimming - each year all children from Pre-primary to Year 5 have the opportunity to participate in a two week intensive swimming program at the Melville Aquatic Centre. The Year 6 program is conducted over a one week time frame at Cottesloe Beach. The program aims to develop each child’s water confidence, swimming ability and awareness of water safety.
At various times during the year, students all have the opportunity to participate in the following House Sport Carnivals.
- House Swimming Sports (Years 4 – 6)
- House Athletics (Kindergarten – Year 6)
- House Cross Country (Years 4 – 6)
Throughout the year, the students in Years 4 to 6 compete against other schools in the surrounding suburbs in Inter-school Sports. During Term 1, children participate in tennis tournaments and swimming carnivals. In Term 2, students are chosen to participate in the interschool winter sports competitions - Netball, Football, Soccer and Volleyball. During Term 3, the children are involved in Cross Country and Athletics events. The inter-school program concludes in Term 4, with the students competing in T-20 Cricket, District Basketball and the Wesley Swimming Challenge.
Our school’s Physical Education Program aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn a range of fundamental and applied movement skills necessary to be able to participate successfully in a variety of physical activities that promote positive attitudes to health and lifelong physical activity participation.