- Winners of the Cross Country Interschool 2019
- CONGRATULATIONS Xavier Bernard Year 5 PN competed in the Australian Road Walking Championships held in Sunshine Coast in the U12 Boys 2km and finished in second place with a time of 10 min 50 sec earning him a national silver medal! Well done Xavier. You did WA proud.
At Mel Maria we aim to foster a love for sport and physical activity. This foundation instills our students with the skills and mindset to maintain their health and well-being beyond their primary school years. Students participate in a one-hour class weekly with Mr David John, our specialist PE/Sport teacher. A further weekly one hour-class is conducted by the class teacher or Mr Damian Williams, Early Childhood Sports teacher.
The Mel Maria Physical Education program aims to establish a sound base in fundamental movement skills and physical fitness, essential attributes before exploring the rules and strategies of games, sports and the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. Students are typically exposed to traditional and non-traditional sports in order to broaden their experiences and transfer their learning to games or activities that they may be less familiar with. This learning allows students to be involved in organised sport outside of school and most, if not all of our students engage in some form of community sport or fitness.
These skills are also on display at our annual faction and interschool sporting events – swimming, cross country, winter sports and athletics. Teams from Mel Maria typically perform well at interschool carnivals, especially in athletics and swimming. Both campuses share the same Physical education staff and run the same program in order to ensure that all students in our school have similar experiences, and we come together as one for our major carnivals.
Before and after school training is provided for swimming, cross country and athletics which helps to prepare students for carnivals. We also conduct a Running Club program which is hugely successful engaging up to 150 students each Friday morning across the two campuses, parents and younger siblings also participate creating a fantastic atmosphere and school spirit. The school is also involved in the Sporting Schools program, a Government funded initiative aimed at increasing participation levels in sport. This involves specialist coaches from outside the school coming in to teach students new skills and sports. Mel Maria students always play sport with great vigour, however our emphasis is on playing fair win, lose or draw. Students from our school are often commended on their sportsmanship during carnivals, and this is also evident in their day to day demeanour.
Mr David John
Physical Education Teacher