Sports & physical activity
We have a range of developmental and gifted and talented sports opportunities at our school. As a result, and through working with local clubs and coaches, our school teams won the 2016 and 2015 Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) Tennis Knockouts and the 2014 PSSA AFL Knockout!
We have physical activity programs for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, with a focus on fundamental movement skills.
Sport and physical activity is a valued and accepted part of our school's curriculum, contributing to the development of the whole child. It provides a vehicle for social, physical, emotional and moral learning and is an important expression of our culture.
The participation, enjoyment and skill development of our students is the corner-stone of the school sport/ physical activity program. All our students take part in this program.
There are also opportunities to represent our school at inter-school sports competitions. As a NSW public school we benefit from the opportunities for shared activities and competitions with other schools, coordinated by school sport associations. See the School Sport Unit website for details.
School Sport, Health and Fitness
Sport, health and fitness is promoted daily at Merimbula Public School, with classes attending an average of 150 minutes of physical activity sessions per week.
The school allows students to loan sporting equipment during break times, or dance to music in a passive play area. Staff also offer a range of skills and sports programs and team sports opportunities to children as part of both the class and weekly sports programs. Extra-curricular representative opportunities are also on offer.
Kindergarten, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 students are all offered the opportunity to attend school Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals as well as receive skill-session support from local coaches and sporting organisations. Stage 2, Stage 3 and 8-year-old Year 2 students can also attend the Swimming Carnival. Year 2 students also attend a Swimming Scheme program each year, being offered coaching and support in developing their water safety and confidence.
Some school terms, students in Years 3 to 6 take part in an Elective Sports Program whereby they select a weekly sport of their choice to attend for 5 weeks. Elective sports include: traditional sports such as soccer, league, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, walking, swimming and AFL as well as alternative sports such as yoga, water polo (flipper ball), aqua aerobics, zumba, lawn bowls, ten-pin bowling, fishing, hip hop dance, ballet and circus sports.
Stage 3 students are offered the opportunity to try for selection and be part of the school's: Girl's Basketball, Netball, Girl's Softball, Girl's Soccer, Boy's Soccer, AFL, Boy's Basketball, Boy's Cricket , Tennis and/or Rugby League Teams. Additional representative team placement may also be offered to selected students in a wider range of sports as part of the Far South Coast Primary School Sports Association program.
A very sincere thank you to all parents and staff who coach, manage, train, transport and organise teams. If we didn't have people like you prepared to put up their hands and do these jobs our students would be unable to enjoy the opportunities currently available. Thank you also to our local clubs and organisations for the skills and values they teach our students.