Junior School Sports

Sports Program Principles

  • Each child is valued for their contributions.
  • Each child will have a meaningful amount of playing time.
  • Students will receive quality coaching to promote age-appropriate skill development.
  • Each child will be required to set goals that take hard work.
  • The athletic environment will provide each child access to positive social interactions.
  • Capable young athletes will be enriched by their experiences.
  • Children with different learning styles, emotional needs and physical challenges will be supported.
  • Where selection is required, alternative opportunities will be created so that all children can enjoy a competitive experience.
  • Opportunities will be provided to both genders.

In our sports programs, we recognize the value in balancing healthy athletic competition with participation and play. The development of athletic skills and character are considered to be important components of these programs. Students are encouraged to develop their personal potential both on the playing field and in leadership and service.

Competition and Parent Involvement

Competition

Our school is a member of two organizations that provide the majority of our sports competitions. The Victoria Independent Schools Sports Association (VISSA) organizes events in cross-country running, soccer, basketball, swimming and track and field. The Independent Schools Elementary Association (ISEA) is a large organization of schools from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. In consultation with the Director, the coaches decide which ISEA events students participate in. Competitions with local public schools in various sports enhance our season.

Parent Involvement

There are a number of events throughout the school year where parents are invited to volunteer and support our programs. For example, we host a cross-country race every year and over 500 athletes participate. Many Junior School staff members and parent volunteers are needed to help run this event. When parents can assist, coaches will send out a request in their correspondence.

Sign-Up and Commitment

Sign-Up

If your child wishes to join a school sports team, they need to sign-up. The coach leading this program will send out a letter informing you of the details of each sport, dates for practices and competitions, equipment needed, etc. Other copies of the letter will be left with the school front office. There will be a tear-off sheet at the bottom of the letter that your child will return to the coach, indicating your child’s intention to join the team.

Commitment

Commitment is an important feature of our programs. As most sports require a certain number of players to make practices and competitions authentic, we ask that your child honours his or her commitment to their teammates, coaches and the school. The season for each sport is not particularly long and full participation at each practice is expected. If it is not possible for your child to attend a practice or competition, please have them speak with the coach, which will demonstrate courtesy and respect.

Junior School Sports Clubs 2018-19

Sport Term Additional Detail and Coach
Cross-Country Running Term 1

Grades: 3, 4 and 5; boys and girls

Coach: Mr. Barber

Sports Club Terms 1, 2 & 3

We offer a Sports Club for each gender in Grades 4 and 5. The club mirrors the PE program in that it allows the students to practice the skills they have learned in class. This program starts in late October/early November and runs all three terms.

Coaches: Mr. Kitengie and Ms. Forrest

Boys Soccer Term 1

Grades 4 & 5 boys (combined)

Coaches: Mr. Barber and Mr. Kitengie

Girls Soccer Term 1

Grades 4 & 5 (combined)

Coaches: Mr. Kitengie

Squash Term 1

Grades 5, girls and boys

Coaches: A professional coach will be hired

Basketball Term 2

Grades 4 & 5, girls and boys

Coaches: Mr. Barber (Grade 5 boys, Grade 4 boys) and Mr. Kitengie (Grade 5 girls, Grade 4 girls)

Basketball Night League

The Junior School participates in the Victoria Night League basketball program, which starts in late October and concludes in March. Numerous teams, for boys and girls in Grades 4 and 5, are entered depending on how many students sign up. Practice dates, venues, and competitions are confirmed once registration is complete. Mr. Kitengie is the coordinator of this program. He will send out registration information in early September. All students in Grades 4 and 5 are welcome to join these teams.

Coach: Mr. Kitengie

Rugby Term 3

Grades 4 and 5, boys and girls (combined)

Coach: Mr. Kitengie

Swimming Term 2

Grades 3, 4 and 5, boys and girls

Coach: Mr. Barber

Track and Field Term 3

Grades 3, 4 and 5

Coach: Mr. Barber and Mrs. McLeish

Weekend Sports Terms 1, 2 & 3

Grades Kindergarten to Grade 6

Starting in mid-September and continuing throughout the school year, we offer a variety of sports opportunities for all of our students in Kindergarten to Grade 6. Students that participate will receive developmentally appropriate coaching in sports such as squash, soccer, basketball and volleyball. All students are encouraged to participate. Practices typically last 45 minutes and can be scheduled on either day of the weekend. Parents may stay and watch the practices or leave, then collect their child at the designated time.

There are no charges for these programs.