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Waitara Public School

Waitara Public School

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Personal development, health and physical education

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), students are expected to participate in PDHPE for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours per week in Kindergarten to Year 6.

PDHPE provides students with opportunities to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others – now and in the future. Students also participate in challenging and enjoyable physical activity, improving their capacity to move with skill and confidence.

Students at Waitara Public School benefit greatly from receiving weekly sport lessons with specialist teachers. There teachers are

  • Mrs Taylor
  • Mrs Borley
  • Ms Krahe

Our Kindergarten and Stage One students get together each week for sports rotations where they work on strengthening their fundamental movement skills (FMS). FMS are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands. These skills are the "building blocks" for more complex and specialised skills that our students need throughout their lives to competently participate in different games, sports and recreational activities.

For Stage Two and Stage Three we offer opportunities to participate in PSSA (Public Schools Sports Association) sport on Fridays. Any student who does not participate in PSSA take part in 'School Sport' at our local PCYC. Students are exposed to and rotate through a variety of  activities such as basketball, tennis, league tag, table tennis, gymnastics.

2018 Sport Report 

2018 proved to be an exciting year for sport at Waitara Public School with a variety of teams and individuals representing our School, Zone and Area.

In March, 33 students competed at the Zone Swimming Carnival at Hornsby Aquatic Centre. Georgia from Year 6 went on to represent Hornsby Zone at the Area Swimming, as did our Junior Girls Relay Team of Bridget, Juni, Charlotte and Jessie. Bridget also competed in Freestyle and the Individual Medley.

In May, 48 students were selected to represent Waitara PS at the Zone Cross Country Carnival at Rofe Park. Tung, Charlie, Sierra and Jessie went on to be representatives at the Area Carnival in Gosford. Jessie, Sierra and Charlie then represented our Area at the State carnival at Eastern Creek.

August saw 43 students from Waitara go on to the Zone Athletics Carnival at Narrabeen. We had 8 students qualify for Area including Tepaea, Charlotte, Jesslyn, Jessie, Kisho, Netli, Tia, and Charlie. Jessie went on to the State Carnival for 800m.

Waitara also had success in the 2018 PSSA inter-school competition. The Girls’ Soccer Team narrowly lost in the semi-final. The Junior Cricket team was defeated in the semi-final and the Senior Cricket Team was narrowly defeated in the grand final.

2018 also saw Tung, Nikhita and John represent our Zone and Area in Soccer, Golf and Cricket respectively. 

We look forward to what 2019 has in store.

Mr Michael Giuffre