The primary purpose of Health and Physical Education is to provide each student with the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to engage in a healthy active lifestyle, and to create a supportive environment that is conducive to enjoyable lifelong physical activity opportunities for students, families, staff and the community.
A well-planned, structured and sequential P-12 curriculum is designed to provide cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of disciplines, including basic fundamental movement skills, fitness, dance, teaching games through understanding of rules and tactics/strategies, team and individual sports, gymnastics and swimming. The faculty staff believes that quality physical education should promote each student's optimum physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social development through a variety of well-planned physical activities, and should promote activities and sports that all students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives. Qualified, trained specialist teachers deliver Health and Physical Education here at the College.
In Prep–Year 6, students are provided with two 40 minute lessons per week. With a genuine focus on participation and enjoyment, a successful experience in each lesson should ensure that all children benefit. Not only does this involvement improve general physical and mental health, it also improves focus and concentration, and can lead to improved academic outcomes. Staff aspire to provide a programme that fully maximises each student’s capacity, and to provide a developmental approach that caters for individual needs and ability. The goal is to increase the development and success of the fundamental motor skills of every student, and to maintain an ongoing passion for physical activity throughout life.
A.B. Paterson College also takes advantage of the existing programmes that exist in the community, and utilises experts in specific fields such as athletics, gymnastics and dance to further enrich the tuition for the students. Having a strong relationship with parents to further supplement and reinforce what is being learned in class is paramount, and the faculty staff are always looking at opportunities to further strengthen our rapport with the community, to obtain the best outcomes for the students. The faculty encourages families to engage with their children to further consolidate their skill development.