At Emanuel School our philosophy is to allow students to experience as many sports and games as possible in a non-threatening environment where participation and enjoyment are paramount.
Our Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) Department adopts an integrated and holistic approach when developing programs.
In Years K-2 students experience swimming, gymnastics, gross motor skill games and dance. They learn ball skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, trapping and shooting. Years 1 and 2 participate in an annual Swimming Carnival that emphasizes fun and participation.
Our Years 3-6 program begins with basic games and activities. Using a range of sports equipment, students are introduced to various movement skills. All students attend swimming lessons. Fitness and gross motor skills are developed in the Primary School through traditional sports such as basketball, netball, soccer and softball.
Students also enjoy Athletics, Swimming, and Cross-Country Carnivals.
Sport is compulsory up to and including Year 7. In the High School additional, alternative fitness options are offered including: life-saving, orienteering, surfing, beach volleyball and non-contact kick boxing.
The PDHPE program provides students with an academic grounding in many issues, ranging from drug awareness to conflict resolution. Years 11 and 12 students can study the 2 Unit HSC course in this subject.
Students compete in inter-school sport, as well as competing for their Houses in carnivals for swimming, cross-country, running, athletics and triathlon.
The extra-curricular sports program offers each student the opportunity to participate in weekly competitions against other schools. Students compete at a representative level in basketball, cricket, gymnastics, netball, soccer, swimming, tennis, touch football and volleyball. The range of sporting activities expands each year.
Students with special abilities have a pathway to the highest levels of sporting representation, including local associations, Combined Independent Schools (CIS), State and National representation.
Emanuel's Outdoor Education Program, run in association with the Department of Sport and Recreation, is designed to foster independence by providing challenging activities while educating students about the environment and developing survival skills. It is carefully staged through Years 3-8.
The Zionist camps, usually for Years 9 and 10, also incorporate aspects of outdoor education.