Physical Education

There are three elements of our PE program: Physical Education classroom instruction, intramurals, and the Health program.

Students have PE in their timetable daily with an emphasis on movement, cooperation and fitness in a wide variety of physical activities. A focus of personal best is the target of all aspects of our program.

Self-directed intramural activities take place during lunch break with a fun, lifelong appreciation for sport as the focus.

The Health program has been integrated into PE during FitLOG days with the focus being classroom discussions.

Interscholastic extracurricular athletic teams are available for competition between schools and are for both genders at both the junior (Grade 7/8) and senior level (Grade 8/9) or at each grade level (grade 7, 8 and 9) depending on the sport. Participation in these programs is optional, on a tryout basis. Please see out Athletics page for more details.

Physical Education Schedules

Physical Education Staff

Physical Education Program

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Module Program

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the PE team will offer a module program. This program provides a variety of choice regarding physical activities and sports. Modules are units of specific activity that last for 5 to 7 classes. It is our intention that the various activities and program planning will meet the needs of all students, regardless of gender or athleticism.

Tuesdays and Thursdays - FitLOG & Health Classes


Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to our focus on fitness. These “FitLOG” days work on developing each individual student’s level of fitness through a variety of activities such as: strength, agility, speed training, and circuit training, a 20-minute run, interval running, stretching, log organized games (LOG), dance, and fitness testing. The goal is for all students to reach their personal fitness potential over the course of their time at John Ware.


Three principal areas of focus comprise the Health and Life Skills part of the Physical Education program at John Ware. They are:

  • Wellness Choices which helps students make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others.
  • Relationship Choices which helps students will develop effective interpersonal skills that demonstrate responsibility, respect and caring in order to establish and maintain healthy interactions. 
  • Life Learning Choices which helps students use resources effectively to manage and explore life roles and career opportunities and challenges.

Most of these aspects of health are taught in PE classes after FitLOG workouts.

Human Sexuality is also part of the Health curriculum in grade 7, 8 and 9. These classes will be taught by the FitLOG teacher and will take place in a classroom environment. Information about this part of the Health curriculum will come home to parents before those classes begin. Parents may choose to exempt their child from the Human Sexuality aspect of the curriculum, if they so choose. In that case, their child will work on a project on a different part of the Health curriculum during the Human Sexuality unit time period they will be in a separate area from their class.

Given the depth and complexity of our program, it is likely that your child will have several Physical Education teachers. If you have any questions at any time or wish to schedule an appointment at interview time, you should contact your child’s FitLOG teacher (your child will know who that is by mid-September). You may also contact the Physical Education/Athletics/Health Learning Leader at any time if you have questions or concerns: Tyler Gordon (


Be On Time

When the bell rings, students are expected to change into their gym strip and then report to their assigned area as shown on the posted PE schedule within 3 to 5 minutes of the start of class. Students will be given 3 to 5 minutes at the end of the period to change out of their PE gym strip. They will then head to their next class once the bell rings.

Changing For P.E.

All students new to John Ware must purchase a set of gym strip (t-shirt and shorts). Any additional or replacement gym strip is the responsibility of the student.  The John Ware hoodie and sweats are optional purchases. It is our expectation that all students will wear John Ware gym strip each day for PE (t-shirt and shorts). This expectation is in place for two reasons:

  • for hygienic reasons when participating in PE and
  • for student identification while participating at the Southland Leisure Centre

Students also require running shoes for PE class and are expected to consistently lock their gym strip in their PE lockers in the change room.

 It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students have PE specific hoodie and sweat pants ready in their PE locker at all times to wear in cold weather.  The hoodie and sweat pants may be John Ware gym strip or they may be a students’ own items from home. They should not be what the student wore to school that day as the idea is that the PE hoodie and sweat pants are to help stay warm and be sweated in during class. It is highly recommended that students label their gym strip with first or last name and an initial. There is now a place on the gym strip to do so.

Students can purchase extra or replacement gym strip from PE teachers. Payment is best given directly to PE teachers, but will also be taken by office staff or received by payment online. The cost of NEW gym strip is as follows:

  • T-shirt              $10.00
  • Shorts              $17.00
  • Hoodie             $30.00
  • Sweat Pants     $25.00

Any students who have difficulty in covering the cost of John Ware gym strip are to see Mr. Gordon who will ensure that they receive some.  Payment arrangements are available as well as used gym strip at discounted prices.

If a student is not prepared with gym strip for the day they will have the opportunity to borrow “PE Loaner” gym strip.  A student must approach one of their PE teachers and ask to borrow it at the beginning of class.  The student needs to bring a valuable to exchange (i.e. backpack, watch, binder, etc.).  Once the student returns the borrowed gym strip at the end of class they will receive their valuable back. The PE Loaner program is intended to be a short-term solution to not having their gym strip.  If a student has permanently lost/misplaced their gym strip then they are responsible to replace it with John Ware items.  Again if students have difficulty in covering the cost see Mr. Gordon who will ensure the receive replacement gym strip.

P.E. Locker

Students will be provided with their own PE locker and lock. Students are responsible for ensuring that their locker is locked at all times. John Ware school staff are not responsible for lost clothing and/or locks. Students are instructed not to share their lock combination with any other student. Lost locks must be replaced by the student at a cost of $6.

Injury / Illness

Participation in physical activity provides individuals with many health benefits.  One of our Physical Education goals is to help students recognize the importance of regular exercise in their lives and to encourage daily participation in physical activity.  We hope that participation becomes a lifetime habit for our students.

It is our belief that students who are well enough to be at school are generally well enough to participate in Physical Education activities.  

In circumstances where a student has an illness or minor injury (common cold, sore throat, stomach ache, bruised muscle, sore muscles from strenuous activity, etc.) that reduces their ability to participate, we request that a note from the parent/guardian explaining the nature of the ailment. 

If a student has an ailment that is more serious, a note from a parent/ guardian will excuse a student from class participation for a maximum of 3 days (a note is valid for one day unless otherwise stated in the note). If the injury / condition is likely to affect involvement in 4 or more successive P.E. classes then a doctor’s or physiotherapist’s note will normally be required, specifying range of dates affected. Students should always ensure that they give their note to the teacher that they have that day for P.E.

Upon return to activity for the student, the Physical Education department may require instructions from the student’s doctor and/or physiotherapist on how to modify their activity until the student can fully participate. In all cases of injury or illness, students will participate in modified activities that we will adjust to their condition, unless all forms of activity are expressly forbidden by a doctor (e.g. concussion).


Over the course of the year, students will be assessed in both PE outcomes and Health Outcomes. The outcomes for each subject are as follows:

P.E. Outcomes

Performs and refines movement skills

  • Cooperates to demonstrate fair play and teamwork
  • Explores strategies for living a healthy, active life

Health Outcomes

  • Makes safe and healthy choices based on experience and information
  • Develops skills to form and maintain healthy relationships
  • Explores roles and responsibilities to work toward life and learning goals

The PE team will be working with a series of rubrics to assess students throughout the year. For more information on these rubrics, see the link to these rubrics on the right.

LEAPster Awards

Each month, students from each grade will be recognized for their outstanding Leadership/followership, Effort, Attitude, and Participation in Physical Education. These special recognitions are called, LEAPster Awards. Winners of these awards will receive a certificate and water bottle during PE class and will have their names posted on the PE bulletin board.

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