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At St Patrick’s College Townsville, the Health and Physical Education learning area encompasses a range of sub-disciplines. Students will study the disciplines of physical education, health education, personal development, outdoor education, and recreation and nutrition. Each of these are acknowledged as distinct learning opportunities.
Both Health Education and Physical Education are a core priority for the HPE Faculty when delivering a varied and exciting program tailored to the strengths and needs of our St Patrick’s College junior girls. Across Grade 7 and 8, the girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of physical activities including swimming, athletics, touch, cricket, fundamental skills, fitness testing and gymnastics.
In 2019, the Healthy Fearless Women Project was introduced as an exciting and innovative program aimed at building student resilience. This program distinguishes itself from others as it focuses on self-control, self-reflection and self-confidence through the training of self-defence. Building on this foundation, many themes are covered including safety, assertiveness, communication and finding our own way based on our personal qualities (inner compass).
In Grades 9 to 12 students may choose to study Physical Education (PE) as an elective subject. The HPE Faculty tailor this program to prepare students for Senior Physical Education and further post school studies. Students undertake studies in the areas of biomechanics, physiology and sports psychology.
Health and Fitness is a core subject for Year 9 and 10 students. Designed to provide opportunities for girls to be active in a variety of new and challenging contexts, the program continues to foster persistence, performance and teamwork across a range of disciplines including:
Students continue to learn about anatomy, biomechanics, psychological and physiological perspective.
Each year students compete at the annual swimming, cross country and athletics house carnivals for the House Cup and the Spirit Award. These competitions are friendly and help to build House and College Spirit, as well as confidence, teamwork and resilience amongst girls. Students placing highly in these competitions earn a position in the St Patrick’s College Interschool carnival teams. The College has a history of success in Interschool carnivals, placing within the top three schools for each carnival and will compete in the A Schools division in 2020.
A wide array of sports are on offer at St Patrick’s College through our extensive Block Sports program. Block sport is a great way for students to meet new people, learn and further their skillset across a variety of sports, including:
Students compete each week against other teams across Townsville Secondary Schools in their chosen age group.
North Queensland All Schools Championships is an annual touch tournament held in Townsville to decide the region’s top touch football schools. Each year St Patrick’s College girls work hard over eight weeks to train and prepare for the competition in the Open, Junior and Minor divisions. St Patrick’s College Townsville have had a successful track record, with top four places achieved over the last two years.
Rowing is a sport that demands a commitment of time and energy. Girls involved in the St Patrick’s College rowing program train rigorously and compete in interschool rowing regattas held over selected weekends. Last year three teams progressed through to the State Championships held in Rockhampton.
For the past three years, students have participated in the 5km junior run along the beautiful Strand waterfront as part of the McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival. With growing support each year, our girls experience competitive running in an international event, while helping to raise much needed funds for local charities. The College Running Club, which operates mornings and afternoons throughout the year, also supports students leading up to this event.
Each term several activities and games are offered to the whole student body, allowing our girls to be active in a fun and relaxed environment. Fitness Friday has become a particular favourite for most girls, with resistance training sessions in our College gym, and Just Dance held during lunchbreaks.
The College’s most coveted sports event is the annual Sportswomen’s Awards. Students have the chance to be selected for the Rae Cole Memorial Award for Junior Sportswoman of the Year and the Pavia Family Award for Senior Sportswoman of the Year.
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