Physical & Health Education
At MEC, the Health and Physical Education team offers a comprehensive curriculum from Prep to Year 12. We value and enhance wellbeing, whilst also promoting lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of attitudes, skills and movement competence. At MEC students can be working towards their personal best, being a team player and using peer to peer interactions to build memorable sporting experiences all year round. We provide a high quality sequential and comprehensive curriculum, offered in a safe and supportive learning environment. MEC proudly includes Respectful Relationships within our Health curriculum.
Students get a chance to participate in a range of activities that help develop their overall fitness, mobility, coordination and gross motor skills. Throughout any week students have access to:
- Bike riding used to develop fitness and road safety awareness
- PE Classes to develop teamwork and fundamental motor skills
- Swimming where students use their bodies in the water for stretching and general sensory and fitness play
- Gym either at school or at the Maryborough local gymnasium facilities
- Sensory Motor Program which is a huff and puff general play in the mornings to get students ready to learn
- Other extra-curricular activities such as MEC and regional athletics and swimming carnivals and the Swan Hill Specialist 7-12 Sports.
Prep to 6
At MEC students are provided with opportunities to develop their motor skills in a friendly and supportive environment. All classes participate in one hour physical education classes per week with Years 3 to 6 students also participating in an extra 45 minute sport class each week. The sport class is focused on game play and learning the rules of different school yard games.
The Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum is based around the fundamental motor skills. These skills give students the ability to be ready to participate in various sports when they move into their middle primary school years.
Ultimately, the sport program emphases maximum participation whilst developing fundamental game skills and fostering a sense of fair play and sporting spirit.
- Cross Country
Year 7 to 12
The Health Education program helps young people learn about factors that promote and protect the physical, social and emotional health of individuals. Students will learn to identify harms associated with particular situations and behaviours, and how to take action to minimise these harms. A Health Elective is offered for Year 9 and 10 which gives students a good knowledge and understanding of topics covered in VCE Health and Human Development.
Topics for 7-9 include:
- Drug Education
- Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships
- First Aid
- Social & Emotional Learning
Topics covered for VCE Health and Human Development include:
- Health and Wellbeing in Australia and around the world
- Nutrition and healthy eating models
- Stages of development throughout the lifespan including prenatal development
- Healthy and respectful relationships
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Health promotion initiatives for Indigenous health
- Features or effective aid to assist countries to improve their health and wellbeing
The Physical Education Program allows students to participate in a variety of activities and sports. Students develop game sense, tactics, teamwork, fitness and decision making skills. They also gain experience in a range of sporting roles and responsibilities.
Electives offered for Year 9 and 10 are Physical Education, which gives students a good knowledge and understanding of topics covered in VCE Physical Education and Sports Coaching.
Some of the sports covered in 7-9 include:
- Fitness Testing
- Touch Football
- Indigenous Games
- World and Recreational Games
- Swimming and Water Safety
Topics covered for VCE Physical Education include:
- The Human Body in Motion
- Musculoskeletal system
- Cardiorespiratory system
- Performance Enhancements
- Physical activity, sport and society
- Contemporary issues associated with physical activity & sport
- Movement skills
- Energy Systems
- Training to improve performance
- Activity Analysis
- Training programs
- Chronic Adaptations from training