Croydon Hills Primary School has numerous facilities to accommodate all types of physical activity, both indoor and outdoor. We have 4 full outdoor basketball courts which can also be used for Netball, Tennis and Volleyball. The indoor basketball stadium is used for Physical Education lessons, Interschool sports competitions and is utilised on weekends by basketball clubs for competitions and training. Our extensive grounds include 4 ovals, one of which is large enough to hold Junior AFL competitions during our Interschool Sports program as well as a large Soccer field. We have two smaller ovals for the Middle, Junior and Prep students to play on during recess and lunch times. The 2 smaller ovals are also used as TeeBall, Sofcross and Softball areas for competition. A separate Prep area has a synthetic surface with a lowered basketball ring and is used for many different ball games. Our new external undercover basketball court allows for all weather games to be played.
Students in Prep, Junior School, Middle School and Senior School have a weekly 50 minute Physical Education lesson with two qualified PE teachers and also have an extra 50 minutes each week in a platoon session with their class teacher.
The Preps participate in Sensory Motor Gym (SMG) each week, which focusses on activating the brain to optimise learning through enhancing sensory, visual, listening and memory skills. Students take off their shoes and socks for this session so they can have full sensory stimulation when participating in each of the activities in a safe space in the stadium. This program compliments learning from the classroom with a literacy and numeracy focus accommodated in some of the activities. Movement of muscle enhances intellectual performance and so we incorporate activities to develop gross motor skills that helps posture, body awareness, space awareness, balance, cross patterns and strengthen the whole body. They also develop fine motor skills to help build hand strength for writing and fine motor control for everyday tasks such as holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, zipping or buttoning a jacket, tying shoe laces, unscrewing lids etc.
From Year 1 & 2 onwards, students participate in more complex skills and are focusing towards eventually being able to participate in Minor and Major games such as Softball, Teeball, Hockey, Football, Netball, Sofcross, Cricket, Volleyball, Hot Shots Tennis, European Handball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Badminton and Golf. Students are always encouraged to do their best no matter what the outcome is. Being a winner is not always about being first; it is about trying your best and giving it a go. The aim of the Physical Education Program is to equip students with experiences and supporting students to develop competence in making decisions and taking action to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. The acquisition of fine and gross motor skills is essential and related to performance in other curriculum areas.
At Croydon Hills Primary School, students in Middle and Senior School participate in a House Cross Country event in May, in preparation for the District Cross Country competition. The Prep and Junior School participate in a House Cross Country event in Term 4, earning points for their house. In Term 1, CHPS hold the House Athletics Sports, where all students in years 3 to 6 participate in these sports for House points and the winning House is then presented with a trophy. All students are given the opportunity to have a go at as many track events as they wish and some students are selected to represent the school at District competition later in the year. The Junior House Sports are conducted in December, where all Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students complete different physical activities in rotations for 2 hours. These consist of throwing, catching, athletics, tug of war and other fun games such as the use of a parachute and circus equipment. An external company (Kelly Sports) runs this event on the day.
Most students in Year 5 & 6 have the opportunity to participate in a Summer and Winter Sports team. For the duration of Term 1, they play a Summer sport consisting of Cricket, Basketball, Sofcross, Teeball, Volleybounce or Hot Shots Tennis. In Winter, they have the choice of Football, Soccer, Netball, Softball, Volleybounce or Hot Shots Tennis. Students are also given the opportunity to trial for Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Tennis and Golf.
Team Vic Trials
During the first semester, students are given the opportunity to try out for Team Vic trials in Football, Soccer, Cricket, Netball and Basketball. If successful and they progress through the different stages, the ultimate is being selected to represent Victoria in a National Championships. In the past years, many students have been successful in Track & Field, Swimming, Cricket and Basketball where they have represented Victoria in the State Team playing at a National level.
Each year many teams represent CHPS across the Middle and Senior School, taking part in the Hooptime Basketball Competition run by Basketball Victoria. Students have the opportunity to be selected for the All Stars (experienced team) Future Stars (some experience and learners) and Rookies (have no prior experience) teams. The program concludes at the end of each year with Regional Finals and a State Grand Final.