Amaroo School

 Health and Sport @ Amaroo


Climbing Wall in the Gym

The Amaroo School PE Department builds upon the principle that “Knowledge and Exercise” are essential to a healthy lifestyle. Through regular exercise and formal health lessons children will develop important life skills.

We are very fortunate at the Amaroo School to have state of the art facilities, including: three netball courts, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and two multi-purpose gymnasiums. Our smaller gym holds a basketball court, multi-lined ground markings for various sports and an equipment store. The larger of the two buildings has a full-sized basketball court, with lowering rings, room divider and multi-purpose floor settings for a range of sports, including, indoor football, volleyball and badminton and the six lane rock wall.

Our PE Department caters for all ability levels, encouraging children to ‘have a go’ at sport as well as offering students the chance to compete at a higher level. Examples of this competition can be seen through our participation in the District Athletics, Swimming and X-Country events as well as our sporting teams.

Health is covered in all Year groups from P – 10. A range of topics are discussed including: friendship exercise, safety, personal identity, decision making, self esteem, nutrition, drugs, sexuality, relationships, mental illness and domestic violence.
Health is taught in both homeroom classes, pathways, personal learning programs and electives and is the responsibility of all teachers to reinforce the important messages.
Throughout the year guest presenters are organised to visit the school to give talks and/or perform short drama presentations. Examples of this are “Brainstorm Productions” (self esteem and bullying), AFP (cyber bullying), “Mental Illness Education ACT (Mental Illness) and “Life Education” (Drugs).

Kindy – Year 2

Students have the opportunity to be involved in athletics and cross country carnivals organised at the school.
Year 3 – 6
Students have the opportunity to be involved in Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country carnivals at school, district/zone and ACT levels.
Students have the opportunity to trial, and if selected, represent the school in district carnivals for a number of sports. Here they play against other students from schools across the ACT. These teams consist of students from the Gungahlin district not solely Amaroo School.
Students also have the opportunity to play in school teams for a few selected sports such as cricket and football.
Yr 6 students also have the opportunity to play in a middle school sporting competition. This is run once a term and includes sports such as soccer, touch football, handball and basketball.
Yr 7 - 10
Students have the opportunity to be involved in Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country carnivals at school, zone and ACT levels.
We have a strong commitment to participate in the Northside Zone sporting competitions which are a combination of day carnivals and after school competitions. Students try out for either 7/8 or 9/10 teams and if selected compete against other school on the Northside. If placed in the first two the teams then compete in the ACT carnival against the Southside.
Students also have the opportunity to attend trials to be considered for ACT Schools teams to compete in National competitions throughout Australia.

Students study dance as an elective from years 6 – 10. In dance there is a strong focus on performance and the skills required to put together a group presentation. In years 6, 7 and 8 students perform to the school and at the Middle School Dance Spectacular. Students in years 7 and above can also perform in Dance Festival.
The skills learnt in dance include; group collaboration and decision making, choreography, staging, costumes and makeup, and safe dance practices. Students have opportunities to learn and create different techniques and choreography.

Sam Beattie
Sports Coordinator