Physical Education

Mr. Derek Wolf and, Ms. Dionne McLellan, will be sharing the lead role in PE this year. We will be joined by a number of other PE teachers and are excited for a great year.

Throughout the year, if you have questions or concerns specific to your student’s PE class we ask you email your student’s PE teacher directly. If you have general questions or concerns, please direct those to me, Dionne McLellan, at


Physical Education Staff



In the first few days of school, your student receive a package of PE forms. Please complete and return these to us in PE ASAP. These are different from the other forms the office requires. Please return the PE forms to the PE department, not the school office.

We ask you either complete and return the paper copies OR print and complete the digital copies. Please do not scan and return a digital copy. Please find all the forms in the resource tab to the right.

We are fortunate at John Ware to be able to use some facilities at the Southland Leisure Centre on a daily basis. Students will not be permitted to go to Southland Leisure Centre without having these forms completed and returned.

The forms package includes important information about gym strip, the PE philosophy and our behavioural expectations.


Terry Fox Run and Pie in the Face - September 21

This year, on Thursday, September 21, our first pep rally will happen before we head out for our Terry Fox Run/Walk in the community.

Many of us know someone who has battled cancer and we know the courage needed during such a battle. We want to honour the legacy of Terry Fox as we run or walk for him and for those whom we know and love who have showed such strength in the face of such adversity.

We have an online donation website specifically for our school, which makes tax receipts possible. We encourage families to donate using this website and hope that you will share the link with friends and family.

Students are also welcome to bring cash donations to school, understanding we cannot issue tax receipts for these.

Pie your Favorite Teacher

For every $1 a student donates to the Terry Fox Foundation, they will receive 1 ticket for a chance to pie their favorite teacher. Students will drop their tickets into the bucket with the teacher they hope to pie in the face. If they donate $5 and get 5 tickets. If you donate online please record the name as your child’s first name, last initial and homeroom.


Longhorns Gym Strip

We are excited to have a new local provider for gym strip and her goal is a maximum two-week delivery.

We have sample sizes at school if needed. 

Order directly, using this website:

Each order will be delivered during PE and will be packaged for your individual student. We have a cool new logo, lighter material for t-shirts and long sleeve shirts, and a choice of gym short length, but students can still use John Ware gym strip from previous years if they have it.

It is the responsibility of all students to come prepared for activity. All students must be wearing a John Ware gym shirt, and they must have changed into athletic bottoms. We have different styles of gym shorts that are available for purchase and we recommend them. If a student loses their gym strip, they are responsible for purchasing a replacement.

If cost is a concern, you must contact the office.



This is a club that runs year-round and is open to committed, hardworking students in grades 7-9.

The first meeting for this is at lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Please pack a lunch as we will meet at 12:35pm. We will meet outside the gym and will go to Ms. McLellan’s classroom, room 19, which is in the learning commons closest to the librarian desk. If you are interested in this and have a conflict please let Ms. McLellan know in advance. She will be in the gym or in room 19.

These students will help Ms. McLellan with various PE jobs; they will be asked to sign-up for the dates and times that work for them. If they sign up, they are expected to be there and to be on time.

Some of the opportunities that they will be afforded are as follows:

  • Helping to coordinate PE initiatives like the Pie in the Face detailed above, and various lunch-time challenges like a 3-on-3 bball tournament, the free throw challenge…
  • Scorekeeping and running the time clock for basketball games that we host.
  • Doing score and lines for vball games.
  • Folding and putting away clean PE gym strip loaners.
  • Helping with uniform distribution and collection for teams
  • Writing the schedules onto the PE whiteboard each week.
  • Updating the bulletin boards.
  • Locking the change rooms once class has started.
  • Sweeping the change rooms at the end of the day and giving gym strip to McLellan or Wolf if its left on the floor.
  • And so much more…

Students can still be part of PE Leadership if they are on an athletic team.


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