Healthy and strong with PDHPE, online

The IGS PDHPE Department's transition to the Off-Campus Learning Program has literally gone from strength to strength.

In particular, their 1000 Point Challenge has helped the whole School community stay healthy, active and engaged.

“We are very mindful that students’ home environments vary greatly at the moment regarding access to equipment and space,” Brian Downton said.

“By having a wide range of options and activities on the site, it is our hope that there is something for everyone. It has been incredibly successful in engaging students and they have particularly liked the ‘teacher challenges’.”

IGS is pleased to welcome dance guru Kate Barnes from Dance Zones Productions who has developed a sequential five-lesson program for each stage.

In the High School, Year 7 are completing an assessment task on “How can we stay socially connected during this time of ‘Social Isolation’?” Students are to respond to the question by writing a book or virtual book for younger students. The aim is to have Year 7 students connect and read these to Kindergarten and Year 1 students in the future.

“PE practical and theory lessons have been delivered online with great success,” Brian said.

Teachers have mentioned the following highlights:

  • Backyard workouts with dogs!
  • Bingo Challenge – completing exercises
  • Sworkit workouts for the whole family with free workouts for kids
  • Nutbush dance warm up
  • Nutbush plank challenge

“Year 11 and 12 students have really engaged in online lessons to ensure that their learning continues at the highest level,” Brian said.

IGS has welcomed guest speakers into lessons including:

  • Aaron Sculli: NRL Performance Coach, Wests Tigers
  • Will Miller: professional Rugby player at the ACT Brumbies

Ben Whitaker: High Performance Manager at Rugby Australia.

“A real hit for Year 12 was the involvement in the IGS Quarantine Games. This took place on the day the High School Athletics Carnival was due to occur.

“Instead, Year 12 PDHPE students worked through a range of physical challenges and fun activities in the hope of being crowned inaugural IGS Quarantine Games champion athlete.”