Weekly Sports Programme
Physical education classes take place throughout the week as we utilise the incredible space and beauty of the Lourensford estate. We have huge open fields, picturesque farm dams, immaculate lawns and forest trails right on our doorstep.
Our physical programme after school includes hikes, swimming in the dam, mountain biking, adventure fitness – ‘bootcamp’ style, cross-country trail running, rope swings and rope climbing.
In maintaining the Montessori methodology where we ‘Follow the Child’, we have created a sports programme that is designed around the learners themselves, and what they have an interest in – this programme supports the concept of “Learner-Driven Sports”.
Every 6 weeks each Learning Plane (or age group of children) has a planning meeting where they decide on any new sports they would like to experience. At this meeting all the organisational elements that need to take place for the specific sports session to happen effectively are arranged.
The children are encouraged to decide on what equipment needs to be utilised, what warm-ups would be most effective, what specific skills need to be learned for a specific result in a specific sport, how the “Match Play” element should take place, and how all equipment will be packed away.
Sports played include soccer, cricket, touch-rugby, basketball/netball, “target-orientated” games, ultimate frisbee, athletic field events and table tennis.
Newberry competes with other similar-sized schools in the area in the more traditional sports such as soccer and hockey. Students are encouraged to participate in lifestyle sports like surfing or motorcross off campus and to share their successes and experiences with the school.
Newberry House holds an Annual Athletics Day for all learners from 18 months to 18 years, and all parents and staff are very involved in all the fun and games.