Physical Education

Part I

  • Date created

    March 26, 2018

  • Last updated

    October 9, 2019

Sports and physical activity are an integral part of growing up. The St. Michael’s athletics program stresses the development of each child’s physical coordination, and works to instill in a healthy sense of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play.

Weather permitting, all students have outdoor play time two times per day using the playground structures designed to facilitate and enhance physical and social development.

Early Childhood

Students  work with a physical education specialist weekly. Skills include over and underhand catching and throwing, locomotor skills, understanding personal space and basic gymnastic skills.

Grades 1-4

Twice a week, students visit the gym or fields for physical education class. Educational game skills include teamwork, and collaboration, problem solving. Ball skills, such as throwing, kicking, passing and catching help lay the groundwork for team sports.

Upon entering Grade 2, children begin learning team sports, including soccer, badminton, baseball and softball.  Grades 3 and 4 are introduced to education gymnastics and personal fitness, with a focus on cardio-vascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.

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Alex Lio Everyone here makes an effort to know all of the students. I was amazed when I picked up my son from Field Day and everyone – teachers and students alike – all said hello and goodbye to him by name. It feels so amazing to be part of 
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Prekindergarten Parent I love how everyone here is very family oriented and very welcoming. Our family felt part of the school from day one and it made for a really easy transition. Prekindergarten Parent St. Michael's Country Day School 5 2019-10-25T09:10:30-04:00 Prekindergarten Parent I love how everyone here is very 
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Megan Whitlock During my daughter’s 2nd grade year, the idea of a Buddy Bench was brought up by a classmate. After presenting the idea to the Lower School head, the idea was fully embraced. Instead of just providing a Buddy Bench, my daughter and a few students helped build and 
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Ina Bordelon St. Michael’s is a magical school. The teachers are wonderful. They have that blend of intelligence, gentle discipline, and love inspiring the kids. The sense of community is so evident. The parents are a tight-knit group that truly care about one another and cheer other families one. 2nd 
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Jade Gilchrist SMS has given our family so much support, when we first moved to Newport from the UK 5 years ago and when we moved back after being away for 18 months. The school was invaluable in making our son feel welcome and cared for and included back into 
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