Physical Education (PE)

At St Andrew's all students engage with a physical education (PE) curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging and physically active. In addition to weekly PE classes, students also take part in specialised PE events to challenge themselves and to earn House Points for their House (either Lawson, Eggleton, Browne, or Smith).

The PE program is diversified to provide a balance of skills and a games-focused approach. For children in Reception to Year 2, we deliver a weekly gross motor program focusing on the development of these skills, and a focus on using different wellbeing programs such as 'Play is the Way' and 'Growing with Gratitude' to educate students about health.

St Andrew's has several specialist facilities for PE including a School Oval, tennis courts and our purpose-built gymnasium. St Andrews's also utilises facilities around Walkerville including the Walkerville Oval, Linear Park and nearby Levi Park.

You can read more about each of our specialised PE events, and view photos of each of them, below.

Cross Country
Swimming Carnival
Reception to Year 2 Sports Day
Year 3 to 6 Sports Days and Sports Day Finale
Outdoor Education, Camps, and Study Tours

Cross Country

The much-loved St Andrew's Cross Country Run provides opportunities for students aged 8 to 9 years to compete over a 1.6km course, and students aged 10 to 12 years to compete over a 2km course, located along the River Torrens Linear Park.

Swimming Carnival

The annual St Andrew's Swimming Carnival is the culmination of a focused week of swimming lessons for children in Years 3 to 5, ensuring that students are provided the opportunity to develop their skills prior to the Carnival.

Children in Year 3 to 6 go on to participate in the Carnival, which is held at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. Supporters are welcome, with no entrance fee and children may wear their house-coloured t-shirts, available from the Second-Hand Uniform Shop.

The Swimming Carnival is always an exciting day for the students, and a much looked forward to event.

Reception to Year 2 Sports Day

Each year in Term 4, students from Reception to Year 2 participate in tabloid-style Sports Day. The children take part in a variety of different throwing, kicking, running, and jumping activities.

The Reception to Year 2 Sports Day is a wonderful introduction to the traditional School Sports Day, giving children the opportunity to showcase the skills they have developed during weekly PE lessons.

Year 3 to 6 Sports Days and Sports Day Finale

Students in Year 3 to 6 participate in an athletics-based year level Sports Day traditionally held in Term 1, comprised of tabloid-style track and field events.

A Sports Day Finale is then held towards the end of term, which includes Team House events, all track finals for students who placed in there respective year level Sports Days, and field event finals in Discus, Shot Put, Vortex, Long Jump and High Jump.

Parents are invited to come along and cheer on their children, in what is always an exciting culmination of the skills the children have learned in the PE program.

Outdoor Education, Camps, and Study Tours

Challenge and adventure activities, including the St Andrew's School camps and study tour experiences, begin in Year 2. the typical outdoor education program* includes:

  • Year 2: An overnight camp held on the School Oval.
  • Year 3: An overnight camp at Nunyara, Belair.
  • Year 4: A two-night camp at Woodhouse.
  • Year 5: A two-night camp at Mylor.
  • Year 6: A two-night aquatics camp, and a four night interstate study tour to Canberra.

All these experiences provide opportunities designed to challenge students physically, behaviourally, and socially in different contexts and environments.

* Subject to change in accordance with venue availability, government health guidelines and School operational requirements.

Find out More

If you would like to know more about the specialist curriculum on offer at St Andrew's School, contact our Enrolments mangers, Helen Charles and Brooke Blackburn via or call 08 8168 5511.

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