South Perth Primary School
Health and Exercise
Good diet and daily exercise make a big difference in our ability to concentrate and learn. Students, and in some cases their families too, participate in school activities that promote these.
Every Monday to Thursday (weather permitting), straight after the morning bell, all year 1 to 6 students participate in 10 minutes of exercise. For many classes this means running the perimeter of the school grounds, for others playing ball and team games on the oval or the basket ball court. Students arrive back in their class rooms energised, blood pumping, alert and ready to start the day.
Many teachers promote the Crunch&Sip (http://crunchandsip.com.au), a set break to eat fruit or salad vegetables and sip water in the classroom. This gives students a chance to refuel and assist their physical and mental performance.
Eat Wise Wednesday
Faction Sports Carnival
A highlight of the school year, the Factions Sports Carnival (see photos) gives all students the chance to participate in a range of sporting activities and team games based on participation, fun and good sportsmanship. The Carnival is split into the Junior School activities (pre-primary to Year 3) which takes place on the school oval and the Senior School activities which are held at Como Senior High School on different days. All students form Pre-primary to Year 6 take part in running races. Year 1 to 6 also compete in tabloid activities, team games and relay events. Place ribbons are awarded to students on the podium by deputy principal Darryl Mansfield and points awarded to the faction of the winners. At the end of each Carnival the winning faction is announced and enthusiastically celebrated by the proud winners! The school promotes healthy competition and the fun of just ‘having a go’. Many families come along with their picnic lunch to support the students and enjoy the great atmosphere. The P&C often put on a sausage sizzle and other refreshments.
The school Lapathon is an event that involves all students running or walking laps of the school grounds to raise money for the P&C Projects. Students and their families receive sponsorship forms 2 weeks before the event and ask friends, families, neighbours and other members of their own community to donate a small sum of money for each lap they complete. A fun filled afternoon, the Lapathon gives students the chance to challenge themselves and feel pride in their achievements of the distance they cover and their contribution to the school. We also encourage the staff to join in too!