The physical education curriculum engages students from Extended Day through Middle School, and promotes learning and joy through a broad range of sports and physical activities.
Learning is focused on development of skills and of a “yes, let’s” attitude, permitting the student to engage in activity with the full self. Students are encouraged to welcome challenge and to view effort positively. We create a supportive environment so that full effort is always appreciated by teacher and students regardless of whether it produced a success on the scoreboard.
As students enter Junior Level, competitive activities are introduced to complement cooperative games. In this manner, the seven-year-old expands his identification from self to team, and may experience the freedom and joy of identifying with a larger entity. The children learn that a competitive format gives a structure and focus to direct one’s total energy. At the same time, they become more skillful at letting go of the results, of winning and losing with grace.
Our bodies give us much joy — it does not get much better than playing Capture the Flag on an April afternoon with friends. We strive to teach the subtle aspects of sportsmanship, positive self-talk and focused attention without diminishing the child’s innate joy.