This past week we wrapped up our Team Handball interscholastic teams. Both teams participated in the district 3 friendship tournament. The girls played at Sansome and the boys played at ÉRB. All players did a fantastic job and showed some great improvement this season. The teams will have one last chance to play this month when the face off against the teachers on the last day of school before the holiday break. The next interscholastic team will be basketball. Which will start up in January 2018.
In regular PE classes we continued to work on Throwing and Catching activities. Students are spending classes getting lots of repetitions in overhand throwing, underhand throwing, catching while stationary as well as catching on the move. We will continue to work on these skills in the coming days as we slowly transition into basketball-type activities with the students.
Our intramural soccer season is also winding down. Students can look for a new intramural activity to be starting up in January. We will be following the same schedule. Grade 3s play on Day 3, 4s on Day 4 and 5s on Day 5. The plan right now it to have a “drop in” style month of intramurals where students get a chance to play spike ball, gaga ball and maybe some racquetball.
A bit of a transition week in classes last week. We are slowly moving away from rolling activities and moving into throwing/catching activities. We are also starting to add in some holiday-themed activities now that we are making out way into December.
Students had one last crack at gym curling last week. It’s definitely been nice having the equipment here and we hope that we’ve encouraged some students to check out real curling in the future.
We played quite a few throwing and catching games last week. We played Slam Ball (a lead up activity to Spike Ball). Swam Ball, and even just gave the students a chance to play “catch”. It’s nice to take time to just throw and catch a ball, frisbee, foxtail, whatever…without the stress of a game situation. These are two skills that many of our students find challenging. Playing catch will definitely help your child become a more proficient thrower and catcher…if you have a chance over the holiday break grab a ball, a toy, a balled up sock, whatever you can find and try throwing/catching with you child. Even a few minutes of practice can make a world of difference.
Our team handball teams both played their final games last week. Thanks to M. Koester for handling all the coaching duties this year, since I was away on leave. Our teams will have one more chance to play at our district #3 friendship tournament on the afternoon of December 8th. The Boys will be playing at ÉRB and the girls at Sansome School. Hope to see you out to cheer on our players!
A full week of curling last week in PE. We have the divisional gym curling sets for two weeks. We are working curling into our rolling unit to help introduce our students to a great winter sport that is ideal for our long Winnipeg winters. We’ve also been working hard on our rolling skills. Students played some low organized games that involved rolling to help hone those skills.
Last week towards to end of the week, and to start this week we are starting to move from rolling activities to throwing and catching activities. We will concentrate on those skills over the next few weeks before we start to wind down for the holiday break.
A reminder to our Team Handball players and parents that our tournament will be help on Dec. 8th at 1:10pm. The girls will be playing their games at Sansome, the boys games will be played at ÉRB.
A full week of rolling games, activities, and skill development. Students had a chance to play Doctor Pinguard, Individual Pinguard, Goal Ball, Knockout Ball, Super Bowling and a variety of other activities to work on their rolling. We will continue down that road next week as well.
We will also be having the divisional curling equipment dropped off this week. Students will get a chance to curl in the gym over the coming two weeks. Hopefully we can get a few more students hooked on curling by the end of our unit.
A big ‘thank you’ to all those that brought in Toonies for Terry last week! Our school raised $483.95 to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation. Great work everyone. Thanks to all the parents, staff and students that came out for our walk on Thursday. It was a beautiful day and it was a great turn out for our event!
Last week in PE classes students spent some time working on their fitness. We did timed runs, relay races, games that focused on cardiovascular endurance and some strength activites as well. Everyone got their hearts pumping and put in a great effort in all classes.
We also held our 2nd cross country race last Thursday. All runners did a great job! Looking forward to see how you all do at the divisional race on Oct. 5th. Hopefully the weather continues to cooperate.
This week we are going to continue to work on developing our transport skills during PE classes. We will also start organizing ourselves into teams to start up our fall intramural acitivity. Students in grades 3-5 will have the chance to play indoor soccer in the coming weeks during the lunch hour. The winning team at each grade level will have a chance to face off against the teachers at the end of the season.
Our first full week back at school! A busy week in the gym. Students have been hard at work getting back into the swing of things. We worked on some warm-up routines, proper change room etiquette and played a few simple games to get our bodies moving.
Students also spent a few minutes trying out some of the circus arts equipment available to them. Grade 4 and 5 students will be tracking their progress throughout the year to try and complete the entire circus arts checklist.
We also held our first cross country running practice. We had 30 students out for a jog on Wednesday. We will be practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays and we have our first race on Thursday after school. Best of luck to all our runners.
Over the past few weeks in Phys. Ed. we’ve been doing a wide variety of things. We have been working a bit on our striking. Students have played some variations of cricket and baseball both indoors and outdoors. We’ve also been wrapping up our term 3 evaluations for report cards. This term we are looking at striking, dribbling, static and dynamic balance as our main skills of focus. Lastly, we’ve had the divisional rollerblade set for two weeks. Students have been using the drop off/pick up loop as their rollerblading track. It’s been a really great experience for those students that may not have had the opportunity to rollerblade at home.
Marathon Club has also started winding down. We will still have practice next week, however, with the big race being on June 18th, it will be our last two practices. Between parents, siblings and current students we have approximately 30 participants in the 2.6mile Super Run as well as a couple participants doing the 10km event this year. Best of luck to all of our runners.
The totals are in from our High 5 Community 5km Run. This year was our biggest year yet with 154 participants! We also raised over $200.00 for Kidsport Manitoba! Way to go everyone! Hope to see all our runners out again next May for the 4th year of our event.
A week full of fitness last week. Students did a variety of fitness stations, timed runs, beep tests, and other fitness-themed activities. One of the more popular activities was definitely GaGa Ball. This very simple game seems to be taking over online and is definitely worth a try. Our students love it!
GaGa ball is quite simple. Set up a “pit”. We used tables turned on their side. It’s best to make them into a hexagon shape. Use a ball that’s big enough to hit and light enough that it won’t hurt too much when hitting it or being hit by it. Play with as many players as you like. Fill up the pit and then drop the ball to get started. If the ball touches you below the waist you are out. Only underhand striking of the ball is allowed. That’s about it! Check out our instagram for a few short videos of our students playing
Last week was also Exercise Week as part of Wellness Month. We started each day with an “Active Start”. Students did a short 5-10 minute walk of the halls prior to starting the day. Next week our theme is Mindfulness. Students will be “taking 10” as part of a meditation program through the Headspace App.
Our last full week of volleyball related PE classes. Students had the chance to play some triple ball (our format of volleyball), spike ball, table ball, handball, and a few other games. We also opened up the speedstacks for the first time in a while.
We have started having speedstacking practices over the lunch hour. We will be starting up time trials soon to figure out who we will be taking to the divisional tournament on April 19th.
Grade 5 volleyball is also underway. Students are practicing every day 1 & 2 during the lunch hour. We will be participating in a tournament on May 10th at Westwood Collegiate. We currently have 35 students participating in volleyball club!
Next week we will be starting a golf unit. We will have the divisional SNAG golf set for two weeks. Looking forward to getting some clubs swinging!
Last week was our first full week of volleyball. We’ve started to work on some of the skills, techniques and strategies that will help our students have success when they begin playing volleyball as part of a team. We will continue to work on these skills with the end goal of playing “circulation volleyball”, a 4 vs 4 game played on a smaller court.
The younger grades also worked on some volleyball skills, however, they will be doing so in more of a Low Organized Games style. They won’t have the end goal of playing a game, rather, we want them to have an idea of what volleyball is all about.
Next week we will continue with volleyball, however, with Project Fair in the gym we may be limited as to how much we will be able to do. As a fall back we will be starting to work on our time trials for speedstacking. The divisional tournament is on April 19th and the top 10 stackers at ÉRB will have a chance to represent us at the tournament.