Inherent in St. George’s holistic educational philosophy is a commitment to the importance of athletics and wellness. The curriculum for St. George’s wellness programs continues to help students develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and behaviors necessary to initiate and maintain lifelong participation in wellness activities. The wellness program in middle and upper school seeks to promote mental, emotional, and social health in addition to the physical development necessary for an active life. Students participate in wellness classes that address specific aspects of physical fitness and wellness. Intramural activities are also offered as a means to enhance students’ fitness. All students must be swim proficient and have taken one semester of wellness in high school to meet the graduation requirement. New students who arrive in upper school will be required to pass a swim proficiency test to fulfill the swim requirement. Failure to pass the swim proficiency test would require the student to enroll in basic swim instruction with our aquatics director. This instruction is free of charge. All students must pass the swim proficiency test before graduation. There are ZERO exemptions for upper school wellness requirements.
Wellness Coordinator: Mr. Tony Whicker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students rotate among intramurals, aquatics, fitness, and health. During intramurals, students compete in team games and traditional sports both teaching basic skills, history and strategies for cooperative play. Within the aquatics rotation, students are engaged in learning proper stroke techniques, water polo, and the basics of kayaking. Students must demonstrate swimming proficiency in order to graduate from St. George’s. In fitness, students participate in yoga, jump roping, and a variety of fitness challenges. Finally, the health rotation is essential to the education of students in the basics of nutrition and life skills. Students demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessments throughout the year.
A St. George’s wellness uniform is required for intramurals and fitness, and a one-piece swimsuit and towel is required for swimming. The required uniform is black shorts and gray shirt. The student’s name is required to be visible on the uniform.
Semesters: One, (offered Fall and Spring)
This course is recommended for students with varying levels of sports performance. Programs are designed to teach individual proper lifting mechanics, introduction to kettlebell and barbell training, as well as conditioning workouts for athletes and non-athletes. Student-athletes may utilize this instructional time for specific training sessions for in-or-out-of-season sports offered at St. George’s. In addition, athletes will benefit from speed and agility training aimed at boosting coordination, cardiovascular endurance, and explosiveness. Movements aimed to improve posture and mechanics will aid in injury prevention and increased athletic stability.
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