Health and Physical Education

All students at Sunshine Heights Primary School take part in a one hour Health and Physical Education session with a specialized teacher.


Health and Physical Education sessions provide students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health. This focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in our society.


The lessons promote the potential for lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of motor skills and movement competence, health-related physical fitness and sport education.


Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness. These are vital components of improved wellbeing and an important focus of Sunshine Heights Primary School.


Students’ involvement in physical activity can take many forms, ranging from individual, non-competitive activity through to competitive team games. Emphasis is placed on combining motor skills and tactical knowledge to improve individual and team performance. Students progress from the development of basic motor skills to the performance of complex movement patterns that form part of team games. They learn how developing physical capacity in areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance is related to both fitness and physical performance.


Students progress from learning simple rules and procedures to enable them to participate in movement and physical activity safely, to using equipment safely and confidently. Students undertake a variety of roles when participating in sports such as umpire, coach, player and administrator and assume responsibility for the organisation of aspects of a sporting competition.


Features of the Physical Education program include:

  • Interschool Sports: Students in Year 5/6 compete against other schools in the local area in both winter and summer sports. Interschool Sports occur during Term One and Term Two of each year for 2 hours a week.
  • Athletics Program: Students in Years 4 – 6 participate in extra P.E. sessions throughout Term Three to develop their Athletics skills.
  • Sports Day: Once a year students come together to compete against one another for our annual sports day.
  • Cross Country