As well as offering VCE Physical Education and Outdoor Education, Collingwood College has a policy of encouraging all students to participate in sports at both intra- and inter-school level.
From informal activities such as lunchtime basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball games, to competitive inter-school sport, every encouragement is given to students to get involved in a range of sport and outdoor activities.
The College has excellent facilities, including two full-size gymnasiums and a weight training room, and a proud tradition of achievement in sport.
The Sports Education Program emphasises skills, knowledge of rules, umpiring, team play, participation and leadership.
College teams have been particularly successful in Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball in the last four years.
Developing a healthy and physically active lifestyle is the focus of the Physical Education progam which covers physical activity and movement, food and nutrition, health and safety and human development and relations.
All children participate in weekly PE and sport sessions taken by the PE teacher. The College’s two large gymnasiums mean wet weather does not affect the program.
In the Junior School activities are based around the 11 fundamental motor skills that are essential for primary school-aged children to master:
- Vertical jump
- Overhand throw
- Ball bounce
- Forehand strike
- Two hand side arm stroke
Children participate in a range of sport, outdoor adventure activities, gymnastics, aquatics, ball handling and athletics to help them develop motor skills and to learn about and achieve physical fitness.
Mastery of fundamental motor skills is necessary to play major games and later competetive sport. Basic motor skills are learnt from year P to 3 and applied in minor games. Further skills in playing games are learnt from years 4 to 6 and lead to participation in major games and interschool sport.
Children learn to:
- Use different body parts and actions to propel, trap or deflect a moving object, e.g. stop a ball with hands, feet or elbows
- Participate in partner activities where equipment is shared, e.g. rol and stop a ball in pairs
- Participate in both familiar and unfamiliar games
- Practise appropriate behaviour during games, including taking turns, sharing equipment, packing up, supporting and encouraging self and others
- Explore springing and landing activities with their bodies
- Identify and experience games that involve groups working together to achieve a common goal
- Show acceptance and praise of the physical efforts of others
- Experiment with different actions of the body, and consider the effect these actions have on running, jumping, leaping and dodging efficiency, e.g. run with arms folded across the chest, jump with the legs held straight
- Participate in activities that encourage manipulative skill and health-related fitness outcomes, e.g, run while bouncing a ball, run while turning a skipping rope