Oatley West 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.

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.

Sports and physical activities 

Oatley West Public School values and promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and offers our students a comprehensive sport program. Students have the opportunity to participate in sport, choosing from a variety of options. 

We have physical activity programs for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, with a focus on fundamental movement skills.

Sport and physical activity is a valued and accepted part of our school's curriculum, contributing to the development of the whole child. It provides a vehicle for social, physical, emotional and moral learning and is an important expression of our culture.

The participation, enjoyment and skill development of our students is the corner-stone of the school sport/ physical activity program. All our students take part in this program.

There are also opportunities to represent our school at inter-school sports competitions. As a NSW public school we benefit from the opportunities for shared activities and competitions with other schools, coordinated by school sport associations. See the School Sport Unit website for details.

Primary schools sports association

Students from Years 3-6 have the opportunity to become involved in the primary schools sports association competition. This is an interschool sport competition which involves travelling to different venues and competing against other schools in such sports as netball, basketball, cricket, rugby league, afl, soccer, hockey tee-ball, softball and newcombe ball. Students will be required to attend training sessions for their chosen team sport and will be advised on up and coming PSSA sporting events, venues and associated costs.


Sports carnival

Students compete for individual certificated and points for an inter house shield. Students will also be selected to represent our school in the zone, area and state level carnivals. (Qualifying distances and time restrictions must be met.)

Athletics: The school's Annual Athletics Carnival is held for students from year 2 (8 year olds) through to year 6 during terms 2 and 3 at The Crest.  

Cross country: The school's Annual Cross Country Carnival is held for students from year 2 through to year 6 during term 2 at Gannons Park.

Swimming: The school's Annual Swimming Carnival is held for students from year 2 through to year 6 during february at Roselands Pool. Only those year 2 students who are turning 8 years old in that calendar year and are competent at swimming 50m on their own are eligible to attend.

Swimming scheme

Eligible students in year 2 can participate in the swimming scheme program which is managed by both school and specialised DET swimming instructors. Throughout the two weeks, lessons will incorporate water safety and rescue skills. Students must bring bathers, sunscreen, towel and swimming caps (optional). permission and medical forms need to be handed to the supervising teacher before swimming starts. Payment must also be made before the swimming program commences. Students are required to bring a note if they are unable to swim and will remain at school with their class teacher. Information will appear in the newsletter and permission notes will be sent home once the scheme has been organised.

School sport

Oatley West Public School provides school sport to our students as an option to PSSA Sport. Students from years 3-6 can participate in school sport where a variety of sports and skills based games are organised. Tennis and fitness fun may also be offered to students, however this will depend on the number of students showing interest in these options.

Kindergarten through to Year 2 students participate in a skills based program which incorporates dance, fundamental movement skills (eg throwing, striking, catching, running, dodging, hopping, skipping) and modified sports/games.