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 and directed intramural activities take place during lunch break with a fun, lifelong appreciation for sport as the focus. During the 2020-21 school year each homeroom will have one assigned time during lunch over a two week schedule that they can access the gymnasium for pre-determined activities. Participation is not mandatory but encouraged.
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
At this time during the 2020-21 school year, on Monday and Wednesday the PE team will offer a program where students rotate through different physical activities and sports modules as a homeroom cohort. Modules are units of specific activity that last for 3 to 5 classes. It is our intention that the various activities and program planning will meet the needs of all students, regardless of gender or athleticism. On Fridays students will participate in community walks during their PE time.
The information below pertains to our PE program in a non-pandemic situation:
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
During the 2020-21 school year the FitLOG program will remain the same.
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, 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.
During the 2020-21 school year the Health program will remain the same.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note during the 2020-21 school year, it is John Ware School's intention for your child to only be with one PE teacher for the year for all activities to assist with cohorting. This may not always be possible but John Ware School is working to mitigate any risk with cohorting students with PE teachers.
Be On Time
During the 2020-21 school year your child's PE teacher will be picking up and dropping off their homeroom for PE at their classroom.
The information below pertains to our PE program in a non-pandemic situation:
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.
Due to COVID-19 Alberta Health Services and CBE guidelines around change rooms, we are not able to have students change into gym strip at this point in the school year. Thus we encourage students to come to school dressed in attire that they can be physically active in during PE. Please check the weather forecast as students will be outside for PE activities more often than in past years as John Ware School also does not have access to Southland Leisure Centre for additional indoor spaces for our PE program.
When guidelines change from Alberta Health Services and the CBE concerning change rooms we will look at how that affects our ability to have students change into gym strip at John Ware School. Please check back for more information.
Students are required to wear John Ware gym strip (t-shirt and shorts). Rationale: students are often using the facilities at Southland Leisure Centre – they require our students be identifiable as “John Ware” students and students need to change out of what they were wearing throughout the school day for hygiene purposes. Therefore, wearing the John Ware T-shirt and shorts is mandatory.
It is also mandatory for students to have a pair of sweat pants or track pants for cold weather days to walk over to Southland Leisure Centre or participate in activities outside. Students can elect to purchase John Wear sweat pants or bring their own from home that are specifically designated as PE only clothing.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students have a PE specific hoodie ready in their PE locker at all times to wear in cold weather.
The PE specific hoodies and 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 hoodies and pants are to help stay warm and be active in during class.
It is also highly recommended that students label their gym strip with first or last name and an initial. There is a place on each item of John Ware's gym strip to do so.
Students require running shoes for PE class and are expected to consistently lock their gym strip in their PE lockers in the change room.
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. but no electronics will be accepted). 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 John Ware gym strip (t-shirt or shorts) then they are responsible to replace it with John Ware items. Students can either purchase another new or used gym strip item or they may wear John Ware gym strip from previous years.
New gym strip purchases are to be made online via CBE's website through MyCBE. If this not possible John Ware School's main office will also take payments. If students wishes to purchase used gym strip please speak to a PE teacher. The cost of NEW gym strip is as follows:
- T-shirt $10.00
- Shorts $17.00
- Hoodie $31.50
- Sweat Pant $26.00
John Ware School is offering for sale all types of gym strip during the 2020-21 school year:
- If a student would like show their "Longhorns" pride and have something to wear to school,
- To have a hoodie or sweat pants to put on overtop their street cloths during PE on colder days.
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.
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. In this situation your child's PE teacher will modify the activity so that they may still participate.
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:
Performs and refines movement skills
- Cooperates to demonstrate fair play and teamwork
- Explores strategies for living a healthy, active life
- 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.
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 during PE class and will have their names posted on the PE bulletin board.
- Growth mindset
- Personal commitment to Fitness & Skill improvement
- Positively impacting others
- Being kind to others
- Engaged in the activity
We are looking to recognize that awesome PE student!