Physical Activity Policy


St Robert’s Physical Activity Policy

 

Purpose

Leadership and staff acknowledge the importance of physical activity as essential for optimum physical development and for establishing behavioural habits that are crucial to life-long health and wellbeing.

 

This policy confirms our commitment to:

  • increasing the activity levels and wellbeing of the whole school by providing a supportive environment that encourages and enhances physical activity opportunities
  • promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle, which includes being physically active every day
  • ensuring that relevant, mandated requirements for physical education and sport are incorporated into the curriculum.

 

As a health promoting school, we will support the physical activity of students, staff and families through learning, policies, creating a safe and healthy physical and social environment, and developing community links and partnerships.

 

Policy Statement

Background

Physical activity for children and young people is recognised as essential for their optimum physical development, and for establishing behavioural habits that are crucial to life-long health and wellbeing.

 

Whole school engagement

It is recognised that every member of the St. Robert’s community has an impact on students’ health and can contribute to creating an environment that promotes physical activity. All members of our school community including staff, students, families and volunteers will be supported to meet this policy.

 

Definitions

Physical activity:  Includes sport, incidental exercise and many other forms of recreation. The Australian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend a combination of moderate and vigorous activities for at least 60 minutes each day for children and young people (5 – 18 years old).

 

Procedures

Healthy policies

  • Staff, families and students are involved in guiding the development and implementation of the whole-school physical activity policy and are seen as key partners in promoting and supporting physical activity in the school.
  • Staff, families and students are provided with information about policy requirements.
  • Celebration days and fundraising activities reflect the physical activity policy and promote healthy lifestyle messages, such as walk-a-thons, jump rope, tabloid sports and outdoor games days.

  

Healthy physical environment

  • A range of play equipment and environments are provided, which encourage physical activity at break times, and before and after school. The equipment and environment cater for diverse ages, and the abilities and interests of all students.
  • Active travel to and from school is encouraged and promoted. The school will provide facilities for the safe and secure storage of equipment that encourages active travel, such as bikes, scooters and helmets.
  • Students will be encouraged to use appropriate and properly fitted protective equipment when participating in sport, such as mouthguards and shin guards.

 

Healthy social environment

  • The school promotes physical activity, which encourages inclusiveness and participation, in addition to performance.
  • Staff and families recognise they are role models and are encouraged to actively engage in physical activity and active travel.

 

Learning and skills

  • St. Robert’s complies with the appropriate sector requirements for physical and sport education. Staff will ensure physical activity is incorporated into the curriculum, across a range of domains.
  • Members of staff are supported to access resources, tools and professional learning to enhance their knowledge and capacity to promote physical activity across the curriculum.

 

Engaging children, young people, staff and families

  • Students are consulted about physical activity initiatives via junior school council, student action teams or other representative structures.
  • Families and staff are, on a regular basis, provided with information, ideas and practical strategies to promote and support physical activity at school and at home.
  • Families and students from culturally diverse backgrounds are engaged to ensure cultural values and expectations about physical activity are respected.

 

Community partnerships

  • The school will work with local health professionals, services and organisations to increase capacity to deliver and promote physical activity initiatives.
  • Students are actively encouraged to take part in after school physical activity programs.
  • Links are established with local community sports and recreation services to create and strengthen opportunities for students to participate in physical activity outside of school hours.

 

Relevant accountability documents

  • Australian National Curriculum: Health & Physical Education document

 

 Related school policies

  • Staff Health and Wellbeing Policy

 

Monitoring and Review

The physical activity policy will be monitored and reviewed by the staff, school council, student representatives and the health and wellbeing team at least once every three years.

 

Endorsed by school council: _____________________________

Date: _________________________________________________

Next review date: _______________________________________