Children experience a wide range of sports at St Joseph’s and may compete in swimming, athletics and cross-country at zone, diocesan and inter-diocesan levels. Students also have access to all levels of representation, from local to national, in their particular sport. Sport days are Wednesday and Friday. On these days all children wear their sports uniform. Children may be required to bring their sneakers to school on other days, for the school fitness program.
The athletics carnival is held in Term 2. All children from Year 2 to Year 6 participate. The children may nominate to take part in long distance races or field events, such as long jump, high jump, shot put, etc.
The swimming carnival is held in Term 4. Students from Year 3 to Year 6 (and competent Year 2 swimmers), attend and nominate their preferred event. There are novelty events to cater for beginner swimmers.
This event is usually held in Term 1. The children undergo training in the weeks leading up to the event by gradually building the distance they run. Just prior to the cross-country the children’s level of fitness and ability to participate in this event is evaluated. The cross-country is held on a school day and all students in Stage 2 and 3 are expected to attend.
Gymnastics is a component of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus. In Term 2, qualified gymnastics teachers come to our school and present intensive 40 minutes lessons over eight weeks (one lesson per week). The program is run by Riverstone Tumbling and is for students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2.