INSPIRING A LIFETIME OF ENJOYMENT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The goals of Providence Christian School’s physical education program include:
- The development of Christian character
- The development of motor skills
- The allowance for daily physical exercise
- The increased knowledge of physical fitness
- The creation of healthy competition
- The development of a teachable spirit
- The development of specific sport
Providence premises its physical education program on St. Paul’s ideas that “our bodies are not our own because we are bought with a price,” and thus our bodies are “the temple of the Holy Spirit.” Upon these premises, we built a physical education program whose goals are to inspire a lifetime of enjoyment in a variety of physical activities, and whose ultimate goal is to “present our bodies as living sacrifices holy and acceptable to the Lord.” As God has given us bodies finely adapted for His service, He also gives us the responsibility to nourish our bodies in health, to strengthen and refine our bodies in physical education and competitive sports, and to train our bodies to be fit for future service to God. Providence believes athletics and physical training produce lifelong results in students, strengthening the body, mind, and character through discipline, skills acquisition, consistent practice, self-control, and teamwork.
Classes One and Two have physical education classes on Tuesday and Thursday each week. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the students are dismissed from school at noon and have the opportunity for physical activity outside of school.
Classes Three and Four participate in physical education classes every school day. The focus is on developing personal physical fitness habits, coordination, and teamwork skills. The students learn specific skills to enhance their abilities in various sports. In addition to attendance in daily physical education classes, Providence students in Classes Three and Four have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular athletics programs through parent-organized community teams such as those offered through the YMCA. Classes Three and Four also participate in a YMCA-sponsored track meet each spring.
Classes One through Four also have a scheduled playtime daily, at which time they are free to engage in a variety of outdoor activities.