Regular physical activity is an important part of a student's comprehensive, well-rounded education program and a means of positively affecting life-long health and well-being.
An effective physical education program fosters a lifetime commitment to physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life and a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.
The benefits of physical activity may also:
- Improve self-esteem and feelings of well-being
- Increase fitness level
- Build and maintain bones, muscles, and joints
- Build endurance and muscle strength
- Enhance flexibility and posture
- Help manage weight
- Help control blood pressure
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
The benefits of physical education go beyond fitness. Studies have found improvements in students' academic performance and cognitive ability with regular time spent in physical activity. Physical activity and nutrition work together for better health. Being active increases the amount of calories burned. As people age their metabolism slows, so maintaining energy balance requires moving more and eating less.
Ursula Frayne Catholic College is proud of its physical education programs and sporting traditions and achievements.
Ursula Frayne Catholic College is a member of the Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) of Western Australia, which is an independent secondary schools sports association. The ACC has a membership of over 66 schools catering to more than 47,000 students.
Member schools compete during the year in participation carnivals, weekly summer and winter interschool sports, major carnivals in swimming, athletics and cross country and through selection in elite representative teams.
In addition to formal sporting competitions the Cluster groups within each Sub-school facilitate further opportunities for students to engage in individual and team pursuits from chess to basketball and quizzes to indoor soccer. Over time students and teams accumulate points for their Cluster with a trophy awarded to the winning Cluster at the end of the semester. The variety of activities ensures all students find their niche and contribute to the spirit and achievements of the Cluster.