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Physical Education

Glendowie Primary School has a varied sports programme and we encourage all students to be active in many ways. Students wear a sports uniform from Year 3 to 8 and it is worn during Term 2, 3, and 4 for weekly sport and when participating in school tournaments. All students have regular PE lessons as part of their classroom programme to practise the skills required for the sports activities as listed for each term. Also, other activities are introduced throughout the year such as gymnastics, skipping, dance skills and Maori games.

The focus for Term 1 is aquatics. Children from Years 1 to 6 swim in the school pool and Year 7 and 8 pupils are coached at Sacred Heart Pools. A Swimming Sports event is also held at the school pool for Years 1 to 4 and at the Sacred Heart Pool for Years 5 to 8 pupils. Other sports introduced in Term 1 are softball and tee-ball.

The focus during Term 2 is teaching games for understanding. Here students learn large ball skills to assist with sports such as basketball, soccer, rugby, netball and volleyball. Other activities include table tennis, badminton and tennis.

The focus during Term 3 continues the same team games from the previous term and the introduction of hockey for the older students. Cross-country is a school wide event for Years 0 to 8.

The focus in Term 4 is athletics where students learn to run, jump and throw. Students also participate in team games to develop striking and fielding skills including cricket, softball and tee-ball.

Extra activities are organised for the intermediate students. Each year something new is organised. This may include golf skills, rowing, lawn bowls or skateboarding.

Teachers coach or supervise sports activities during lunchtimes to assist with training teams to attend tournaments organised by the Bay Suburbs Sports group and the Eastern Zone Sports Organisation.

Children in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to represent the school at Bay Suburbs Sports events. The Bay Suburbs Sporting group is made up of 9 schools in our area. Sports usually include: swimming, softball, soccer, ripper rugby, netball, rugby, cross country, touch and athletics. Year 3 and 4 also have opportunity to represent the school at Bay Suburbs Sports events for cricket (Years 3 and 4), netball (Year 4) and cross country (Year 4)

Students in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to represent the school at the Eastern Zone level. There are 21 intermediate schools that participate in the Zone events. Sports usually include swimming, softball, soccer, rugby, netball, cross country, touch, athletics.

Each year the school chooses a community event that offers students opportunity to participate as group outside school. Examples include Weetbix Triathlon, Auckland Kids Marathon or Glendowie College Fun Run events. This is promoted through the school newsletter.

Parents coordinate a variety of sports teams outside school hours for our students. This may include netball, basketball, cricket, water polo, ripper rugby, football. These groups liaise with the school to use our facilities when possible.

A variety of sport providers hire our facilities after school hours for a variety of different age groups. This may include playball, football, martial arts, basketball. Information is often published through Sport Auckland community notices, the local paper or on the school newsletter community notices.