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 Health and Physical Education

A specialist Physical Education teacher conducts a weekly lesson with each class every week. Swimming takes place in this weekly lesson in the 1st and 4th Terms for students in Years 1-6. Prep classes participate in swimming in 4th Term only. Parents are required to sign a permission form for children to attend swimming classes. Parent helpers are required to assist with supervision during swimming lessons.

Required dress for swimming lessons is:

  • Speedo-type togs for boys (board shorts are not suitable)
  • One-piece swimming costume for girls
  • Sun-protection shirt, bathing cap, goggles, towel and water-proof bag to carry gear

Sunscreen:  We advise parents to apply sunscreen to children on swimming lesson days. Students may also bring their own sunscreen.

Labelling:  Please make sure that all items of uniform, swimming gear AND underwear are clearly labelled.

In Terms 2 and 3 the PE teacher covers a wide range of physical skill based activities. This may also incorporate health lessons.

Sun Smart Policy

At Norman Park State School we believe that children should be protected from the sun.  We enact this by ensuring sun protective clothing and sun safe hats are worn when children are working or playing in direct or filtered sunlight. Children must wear protective swim shirts while attending swimming lessons. The students are encouraged to apply sunscreen (SPF 30+ to 50+) before coming to school each day. 

Teachers and parents provide good role models for the children at our school.  Teachers are required to wear sunsafe hats while on playground duty.  Children are encouraged to play in shaded areas such as the under covered areas and under shade trees.  Other areas such as the Prep playground and the Senior Fort have protective shade shelters constructed over the playing area. Children are still required to wear sun-safe hats in these areas of filtered sunlight. During the hottest part of the day, physical activities such as Physical Education Lessons are mostly undertaken in covered games areas.  

Sun smart activities held at our school may include the following:

·       using shade covers for sports days, etc
·       conducting educational programs on Sun Safety
·       providing sunscreen for students.
·       planning activities to minimise time spent in the sun
·       conducting Physical Education lessons in the Covered Play Areas and shaded areas during peak sun exposure times
·       ensuring parents are informed of the policy when enrolling their child.
·       wearing school uniforms that are Sun Smart compliant
·       wearing Sun Smart clothing on Free Dress Days
·       encouraging students to re-hydrate
What Parents Can Do:
Parents and care-providers can participate in Sun Safety by:
·       being a positive role model
·       providing children with appropriate broad-brimmed hats, clothing, and 30+ or higher broad spectrum sunscreen
·       reminding children about drinking water as they can dehydrate easily during hot weather
·       purchasing and equipping children with appropriate swim shirts for swimming lessons
·       supporting the school’s Sun Smart Policy
Appropriate Uniforms
The Norman Park State School uniform has been designed to provide
protection from harmful UV radiation as well as to be cool during hot weather. 
A collar and sleeves on the shirts offer protection to the neck, upper arms and
shoulders.  Shorts should preferably reach just above the knees.
Sunsafe Hats
The Norman Park State School has a broad brimmed hat as part of the
uniform.  Sun Smart hats provide shade. The brim needs to be 7cm to protect
the head and face.  At Norman Park State School, children must wear sunsafe
hats to play or else they sit out of play in a shaded area.
Sunscreens should be at least SPF 30+ broad spectrum.  They should be
applied at home before school and reapplied as necessary.

Sporting Extras

Interschool Sport Competition

Throughout the year you will be informed of 2016 competitions via the newsletters and notes sent home.

Representative Sport  

Norman Park State School is affiliated with the Lytton District for Primary Schools. This means children are eligible for all representative sports whether or not the sport is played at the school. While the school automatically sends teams to swimming and athletics trials they may also nominate students for other sports. Requests from parents or students who are excelling in any sport are welcome and can be made to the PE teacher.