The COVID-19 restrictions have had a huge impact on sport and physical activity. These restrictions have also impacted schools.
The Federal Department of Health recommends that “children aged 5-17 years accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.”
According to a 2019 study in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, nine out of 10 Australian teenagers were not doing enough physical activity, and this was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Stephen Moore, PDHPE Coordinator expressed his concerns about the impact of the pandemic on students’ wellbeing, “high levels of physical activity is crucial to wellbeing. It worries me that at the moment, many students are not even doing incidental exercise like walking to school. The less physical activity you do, the more lethargic you tend to become.
Last year Miss Dudley initiated a free Boot Camp for Years 6 -12. This had a positive impact on the students who participated. We look forward to Boot Camp recommencing”.
In regard to Physical Education lessons, Mr Moore said, “learning has focused on maintaining student fitness and encouraging physical activity. We have created a range of lessons that include videos, work-out routines and instructions for the students to do at home. They are required to log their heart rates and evaluate their physical routine every day.
It certainly doesn’t replace the sheer joy that comes from playing sport or a PE lesson as a class, but we are confident that our students are equipped to maintain their fitness during this time. They have also gained a greater understanding of the importance of taking individual responsibility for their health which will have immediate and long-term benefits for their overall wellbeing.
We are looking forward to the return of students to Campus, where we can encourage resumption of sports and physical activity with the aim of improving or at least retaining participation levels prior to the pandemic.”