Mt Waverley's Best Kept Secret: Syndal South Primary School

Physical Education.

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Physical Education and sport programs provide children with an exciting and positive curriculum experience. Children have a natural inclination towards physical activity. They are motivated to move and explore, and enjoy active participation and social interaction in play.

Syndal South continues to provide its students with outstanding physical and sport education programs. The programs offer all children the opportunity to develop their skills in an enjoyable and non-threatening environment.

Physical Education is a specialist area and is given a high priority at Syndal South, with students undertaking at least thirty minutes of physical exercise during the school day.

Physical Education is taken by a specialist Physical Education teacher. The sessions encompass aspects of fitness, motor skills, minor and major games, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, etc. All year levels concentrate on building fundamental motor skills as these form the basis for later recreational sports and fitness in later life. Progressively children are introduced to skills needed to play major sport with the emphasis in the primary school being on modified games. A comprehensive interschool sport program is also provided for children in years 5 & 6.

A unique community fitness program at Syndal South is the Joggers Club. The club operates before school each week day morning, with participants jogging, walking and running their way around our 1km ‘Federation Circuit,’ complete with fitness stations and wetlands areas. The club is proving to be a wonderful way of fostering community spirit as well as the fitness of the children, their families and staff at the school. As well as being able to mix socially while on the ‘run’, the staff and parents participating are portraying ideal role models for our children. The program also teaches the children goal setting and helps them achieve fitness levels at their own rate. Certificates are presented at whole school assemblies to recognise individual achievements.

All ages take part in ball handling skills, dance, gymnastics, fitness (including aerobics), team sports and other games.  Children in Grade 5 and 6 participate in inter-school sports such as softball, T-ball, rounders and cricket in summer; football, netball and Volleystars (modified volleyball) in winter.  They also compete in district basketball, cross country running, athletics, soccer and swimming championships.

Bike Education

Once a week, in the second half of the school year, Grade 4 students undertake a Bike Education Course, both within school grounds and out on the road.  The course teaches riding and gives the children an appreciation of road awareness.  At the end of the course, each child undergoes an on-road test and receives a certificate on passing.  Bike Ed. has been an important part of the SSPS curriculum for over ten years.

Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)

Our PMP Program is based on the Jack Capon Perceptual Motor Program, which helps to promote balance, locomotor skills, hand/eye and foot/eye co-ordination, as well as body space awareness, auditory and visual memory.  Grades Prep, 1 and 2 participate in the program twice a week, and parent aides help supervise the activities, which are varied to allow for individual abilities.  Overall, the program encourages co-operation and boosts confidence and self-esteem through success at an individual level.