Learning & Teaching - Physical Education and Health


Physical Education and Health  

Vital to the wellbeing of our students is the encouragement of physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices. Students involvement in physical activities, team sports and good health promotes skills, confidence, positive self esteem, team spirit, a sense of belonging and sportsmanship and most importantly fun. 

Sacred Heart provides many opportunities for our students to have experiences outside of the classroom that help to build teamwork, resilience and a positive attitude to and a appreciation of physical activity.

Our weekly Physical Education program is staged to develop students from prep to year six and their individual needs to develop fundamental motor skills, physical fitness and game awareness in a multitude of sports and activities. Students are allocated into one of four houses and each year the annual House Sports and Cross country events are keenly contested and supported by students, staff and the school community.


Interschool and Regional Sport 

Being affiliated with School Sport Victoria in the North Balwyn District students also have the opportunity to compete in Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country carnivals. We have had a number of students progress through to Regional and State finals in these events. Year 5 and 6 students compete in interschool sport in terms one and two where we have been successful in a range of sports such as soccer, volleyball, cricket, AFL 9s and netball.

Other year levels also have a weekly sport lesson with the whole year level taken by classroom teachers which compliment Physical education classes.

The district also provides a number of Gala days in a range of sports such as AFL football, Cricket, Hockey, Battleball, and Basketball which provides students with friendly competition against local schools


School Sports Day

One of our most anticipated activities each year is our School Sports. Students compete in a range of track and field events and the House cup is presented to the winning team.


School Swimming

Sacred Heart values and encourages aquatic education and students have a confidence around water. Each year our prep to 2 students attend a week long swimming program at Kew Recreation Pool and our Year 3 s to 6's at MLC Pool. The focus is on swimming and water safety.  

Year 6 also participate in a sailing program.


School Camps

As a natural an extension of our Physical Education program we have developed a whole school camp program beginning with a

  • Prep Breakfast and activity morning
  • Year One activity night
  • Year Two School sleepover at school
  • Year Three overnight Zoo snooze
  • Year Four 3 day camp to YMCA Mt Evelyn
  • Year Five and Six 5 day camps. Alternating each year between Wilsons Promontory for a surfing and outdoor education camp and Canberra to visit the attractions in our national capital.

Camps are a fantastic way for students and teachers to interact and complete challenges that are away from the classroom. They assist with building resilience, independence, team work and importantly fun and challenging activities that students are not typically exposed to. 


Each year we look at programs that will add positive experiences and challenges for or students. Some of these include a Bike Education Program and Yarra Trail ride for our senior students, High Ropes challenge and a six week sailing program at Albert Park.