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Fitness Testing of Physical and Health Education Students

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Week 5,
Term One, 2017

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Somerset College Physical and Health Education Department is committed to providing its community of learners with a challenging physical and academic curriculum that promotes an understanding of, and a passion for, the benefits of lifelong participation in regular physical activity.

We endeavour to produce healthy, knowledgeable, balanced and confident young adults who develop lifetime habits of physical activity. We aim to do this by providing opportunities for our students to participate in a large variety of exciting, rigorous and enjoyable learning activities.

Regardless of ability or experience, all Physical and Health Education students have the opportunity to be challenged, to improve their fitness and to experience success relevant to their individual interests and unique capabilities, in an exciting, fun and future-orientated learning environment.

As part of this process, each student from Years 7 to 10 undergoes biannual fitness testing across a rigorous battery of tests. Students record, measure and monitor their fitness levels (across a large variety of fitness components) as they progress from Year 7 to 10. All testing and subsequent discussion is done in a supportive, non-competitive and non-judgemental manner that focuses on all students working towards improving their individual fitness as just one aspect of their health and well-being.

We are very proud of this on-going process and we encourage parents to discuss with their children, their fitness and activity levels, to further promote the need for lifelong physical activity.

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