Sport, Health & Physical Education

“Oh Hale you beaut! Old Hale you beaut!” is a war cry you'll hear us sing with gusto at our sporting events. Indeed, school spirit, learning about competition and the significance of being part of a team are all crucial to helping our boys get the best out of themselves.
 
All boys at Hale School are encouraged to develop physical skills, coordination, strength and physical fitness so they may gain a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction from individual and team sporting activities. The provision of opportunities for healthy competition and the fostering of cooperation, integrity and sportsmanship within these situations is an important part of life at Hale.
 
Interhouse sport occurs on Wednesday afternoons, from 1.00pm until the end of the school day, throughout the year. All students participate in both summer and winter sports in an interhouse competition at their appropriate year level. As a member of the Public Schools' Association (PSA), Hale School participates in a large number of interschool sporting activities competing against the other PSA schools. 
 
During the summer months (Terms 1 and 4), students are involved in basketball, cricket, rowing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and may also participate in one day events such as surfing, sailing and golf. During the winter months (Terms 2 and 3) the boys turn their attention to badminton, cross country, football, hockey, rugby, soccer and athletics as a stand-alone sport in Term 3.
 
PSA sporting matches normally take place either on Friday afternoons for Years 7, 8 and 9 or Saturday mornings for Years 10-12.


HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Students at Hale Junior School participate in weekly Health and Physical Education lessons that are aimed at developing key understandings and capabilities in movement and physical activity (Physical Education) and personal, social and community health (Health).

Students in Years 1 to 3 focus primarily on developing and refining key fundamental movement skills (FMS) that may then be transferred into more complex games and movement sequences as they mature and progress. The development of interpersonal skills and awareness of self and others are also key areas of focus for students in the junior years.

Swimming and athletics are covered annually for each student from Years 1 to 6, helping them to prepare for the various interhouse carnivals, as well as learning valuable skills for lifelong participation in sport, recreation and physical activity.

Students in Years 4 to 6 begin to transfer and apply movement skills to game based play, where sports are deconstructed and grouped according to common strategies and game sense. Invasion games, net/wall games and striking and fielding games provide experiential platforms for students to apply and transfer common thought processes as well as being involved in the broader dimensions of team sport.

Within the health context, focus begins to extend from the impacts on one’s self to being an active member of local and global communities. Students are encouraged to access a variety of information sources where they can seek help to enhance their health and wellbeing.  
 
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOLS
Health Education at Hale School provides students with the opportunity to explore personal development through a number of mediums. Interactive, fun and inclusive, students do the majority of learning through information technology as well as group based discussions on related Health topics. Health Education is taught to boys in Years 7 to 10 as part of their education cycle. For students in Years 11 and 12, they are also part of the Health curriculum through various guest speakers and interactive theory based lessons with a variety of teachers and topics. Topics addressed include drugs, party safe, personal development, bullying, choices and consequences to name a few. These topics provide a solid platform for students to make informed decisions in relation to real life scenarios.
 
Physical Education follows a rationale where students are exposed to a magnitude of sporting pursuits which encourage sportsmanship, motor skill acquisition in addition to active learning and the importance of involvement in sport. Throughout adolescence, students will engage in a variety of sports which are not limited to mainstream sports but also ones which can be enjoyed across a lifetime. A game based approach to learning is adopted at Hale in order to educate boys on the purpose of rules and guidelines, and develop an understanding for tactical and strategic decision making skills in a competitive environment.