Physical Education Philosophy
God does not simply call us to love him with our minds, but also with our bodies (Deut. 6:5; Rom. 12:1-2). Our bodies are gifts from God. They are described in Scripture as fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14), and even reflecting God’s own image (Gen. 1:27). Acknowledging God’s sovereign rule over all creation, including our bodies, we seek to train students to embrace a responsibility in stewarding this gift.
The Physical Education program provides opportunities for physical development. Using age appropriate activities, we focus on fundamental body movements (skipping, running, twisting, bending, etc.) and creative and rhythmic movements in the early years. We then progress to preliminary skills through games which prepare students for participation in more advanced athletic activities. In the upper school the emphasis is on physical fitness, sports skills, and game strategies.
Physical Education activities require endurance, competition and teamwork, all of which are distinctively different than what takes place in a traditional classroom. This unique setting reveals the hearts of our students, and we seek to capitalize on these teaching opportunities. In particular, we focus on character qualities such as humility, patience, kindness, perseverance, and self-control.
We hope to instill a love for a variety of athletic activities and provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. In the end we hope our graduates will learn to “do all for the glory of God” (I Cor.10:31) and better understand the Christian life is a race that requires them to discipline their bodies (I Cor. 9:27) and “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Php. 3:14).