God has created us with amazing bodies that we can choose to look after through exercise and sensible living. He has also created us to communicate with others and to cooperate as part of a team. Physical activities can effectively address and educate students in both these areas through a wide range of sporting activities.
At Oxley Christian College, sporting activities are conducted:
- within the subject of Physical Education,
- at Inter-house and inter-school carnivals for Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country,
- as a part of the timetabled sporting program, either as a part of a selected team against other schools in the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne (EISM) group and / or with fellow Oxley students.
The main purposes of this subject are to enable students to:
- Recognise and appreciate the wonderful body that God has given them and the way that it enables us to physically move.
- Value the importance of keeping their body healthy and to feel encouraged to remain physically active in his / her own leisure time.
- Develop a range of skills in a variety of sports through different activities, practice drills and competitive games.
- Recognise and appreciate the value of others and their individual abilities, and to develop the ability to communicate and work effectively in group situations.
- Demonstrate skills of cooperation, leadership, problem solving, self control, self discipline, perseverance, sportsmanship and fair play. Not only do these skills enable effective team work in sporting situations but they are invaluable in the many facets of life as a whole.
- In Physical Education lessons, students participate in a variety of team games to further improve their ball handling skills, coordination and teamwork skills. Units on specific sports such as cricket, soccer, Australian Rules Football, hockey, softball, volleyball and basic gymnastics are also conducted with the focus on developing skills required for success in the different types of sports. The tactical elements of play are also focused on in the various sport units, while competitive game sessions provide the opportunity of using these skills in game setting.
- Students are assessed on their aerobic fitness level through the implementation of the Multi Stage 20m Shuttle Run Test (Beep Test) as well as other class activities. Other fitness tests may be conducted at various times throughout the year.
- Skills are assessed as students undertake each sport unit during the semester, through observation and skill tests.
- The student’s display of team work, cooperation and sportsmanship during lessons is also observed and reported on.
- Students are encouraged to undertake self-assessment of their performance to help increase their awareness of their own achievements, strengths and weaknesses during the lesson. Peer-assessments may also be completed.
Timetabled Sport Afternoons and Inter-School Sport
Students in Year 8 have the opportunity to compete against schools in the EISM group. Year 8 students have the opportunity to trial for combined Years 8 & 9 teams that play a winter season in Terms 2 and 3, and a summer season in Term 4. The sports played include: hockey, tennis, table tennis, soccer, softball, netball, football, volleyball and basketball. Students not successful in being selected for teams in each term will be involved in an alternative sport program at these times and may be called upon to fill in for teams when required. Afternoons that do not involve playing another school may be used for team organisation or other sporting activities.
Students selected for teams may be required to attend team training sessions after school or during lunch times in preparation for competition.
Students may also be selected to represent the school in athletics, cross country and swimming for the EISM competitions.