The Health and Physical Education Department at Eastern Ranges School (ERS) provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of movement and physical activity through a range of school based activities. We aim to improve coordination, fitness, fundamental motor skill development and knowledge of sports and games during weekly PE lessons, whilst ensuring that all students are having fun! Though H.P.E we promote good sportsmanship, healthy lifestyle choices and encourage the participation of all students across the school.
Primary aged students access the Warm Up room at the commencement of their class. Here they work on balance, coordination and crossing the midline through a variety of activities. Secondary aged students access the Fitness Centre to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, coordination, local muscular endurance and flexibility. Students use equipment such as the treadmill, cross trainer, stepper machine, exercise bike, rowing machine, weights and boxing equipment. Students participate in physical activities that develop health related and skill related fitness components, and create and monitor personal fitness plans (Victorian Curriculum, HPE).
ERS also offers an interschool sport program that runs all year round. Students participate every Friday afternoon against other schools in the South-East Special Schools Sports Association. Some of the sports include:
- Tee Ball
- Cross Country
- Lawn Bowls
- Indoor Cricket
South-East Special Schools Sport Network aims to “Provide a wide range of quality interschool sporting opportunities that promotes physical and social development for secondary students with an intellectual disability”. The Association is divided into two divisions to better cater for the needs of the students and schools involved. ERS takes part in both the Competition and Development Divisions and therefore able to meet the learning needs of all of our students here at ERS.