Physical and Health Education
GNS upholds the priority of physical education (PE) in our students’ schooling, not only as a way to encourage kids to be active today, but to encourage them to stay active long after their required Physical and Health Education classes come to an end.
We believe the best way to set our students on a lifelong journey of health is to teach them why fitness is important. In addition to getting our students outside, playing various sports and participating in a wide-range of fitness activities, they learn about diet and nutrition, and what it means to have a healthy lifestyle.
The focus on wellness contributes to a positive learning space with an emphasis on participation and sportsmanship, not competition. Accordingly, both the confidence and skill level of our students grow as they help each other achieve athletic and fitness goals in a fun, supportive environment.
Expanding on the opportunities available at the Junior School, our Middle School co-curricular athletics program offers soccer, basketball, volleyball, rugby, swimming, cross-country running, badminton, and track teams, all of which participate in citywide competitions and some in out-of-town tournaments, like the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) soccer tournament.
Following policies outlined by the Lower Island Middle School Sports Association (LIMSSA), all students who show an interest in playing are included on teams; however, on occasion, two teams, one competitive and one recreational, will be created to challenge more experienced players and allow beginners to grow their skills in a competitive setting.