Physical Education

Hello, and welcome back.  I know this year school will be different from what it has been in the past but I am looking forward to doing the best I can, given these unusual circumstances.  For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am Gordon Pictou and I am excited to be teaching Phys. Ed.  I started a few weeks before Covid shut down school early last year.  I know there will be many challenges to offer gym classes safely, but I am confident we can still have fun moving and developing our athleticism.  One of the best ways to do this is by being outside; so, as much as possible, gym class will be outdoors this year. 

Who is this guy anyway?

I am from Millbrook and have been a teacher since 2002.  I taught in High School in HRM and adult learners in Sipekne’katik and Millbrook.  For the last few years I have been the Municipal Physical Activity Leader (MPAL) for Millbrook and in that role, I had worked with all our communities, planning and coordinating sport and recreation opportunities.  I have been a baseball coach for over 20 years and more recently, soccer, baseball and track.  I am a positive an energetic person and I try to be an encouraging and supportive coach.  If you would like to reach out to me to talk about your child or to know more about sport during the pandemic, I am happy to have those conversations with you.  This guy is also a father to three boys and we have a crazy beagle, a silly black lab, and two feral cats.  My mother is Phillipa Pictou and my dad is/was Bill Pictou, and I have two sisters, Karen and Amber.  I grew up in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver before moving back to Millbrook in 2009.  I’m trying to learn to speak Mi’kmaq but I’m far from good at it yet… meskay.  I am very excited to have this excellent opportunity to work for this school and to serve our future generations in this community.

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PreK to Primary: This month will focus on underhand and overhand throwing as well as catching. There will be activities planned to gain more body/ball awareness. I hope to have students moving comfortably while grasping balls of different sizes. 

Grade 1 to Grade 7: Students will review and learn new games that include throwing and catching while moving. These games will include flag football, handball and ultimate frisbee. For grades P-3, there are plans to take students to Hop, Skip, Jump and for grades 4-6 there are plans in motion to take students to Get Air.

Grade 11: Students will be learning about preparation for activities such as hiking, camping, etc. This will lead into teaching and learning of different sports of interest, and to wrap up the month, students will put together a project plan and implement strategies to get staff and students in the school more active.

PreK to Grade 2: Students warm up and perform a variety of stretches to get ready for the day's activities. This month will be a focus on listening skills and development of motor skills such as catching, kicking, throwing and hitting. Games included red light-green light, bean bag toss, beach ball catching and carrying balls with spoons.

Grade 3 to Grade 6: Focus on strategy and movement. Students played a variety of different tag games and further into the month will play scooter hockey, crab soccer and European handball.

Grade 7 to Grade 9: Review of sport techniques learned earlier in the year. Weather permitting students will go outside for snowshoeing activities and ice hockey. Students are asked to ensure they are prepared to go outside for some of the PE classes. 

Keptekewiku's Physical Education is about having a positive mind-set to participate! 

PreK to Grade 5: everyday students continue to walk/run laps for warm up. Student's participated in gymnastics, yoga and meditation, volleyball, Dodgeball and volleyball. Game's included everybody's it, gargoyles, scooter hockey, broomball and polo. 

Middle school and Grade 9 have played lacrosse, Dodgeball, volleyball, polo, broomball, and participated in yoga and meditation. They continue to play intramural hockey on day two and three. Grade 8 and 9 both participated in a Sweat Lodge ceremony, with the Grade 9's constructing the Sweat Lodge with their Mi'kmaq class. At the end of this month, Grade's 7-9 will track their fitness and meals for one week as part of their nutrition outcomes, and high school students' will be traveling to Potlotek to participate in Dodgeball for MASH tournaments.

Wikewiku's Physical Education is all about Fun in the Gym!!! All grades demonstrate an interest in having a physical attitude towards fitness, participation and running around inside and outside. 

PreK to Grade 5: everyday students are walking/running laps for warm up, including yoga stretches. Students' were introduced to powwow dancing and round dancing. Game's included sharks and islands, gargoyles, race to the galaxy, everybody is it, pirates of the Caribbean, frog and alligators, 2 is company 3 is a crowd, capture the flag, hula hoop rock/paper/scissors, bean bag games. Sports included basketball, learning to dribble, play line ticky tag dribbling, polo (similar to hockey), and soccer. 

Middle school and Grade 9 have played basketball, soccer, soccer baseball, European handball, badminton, polo, Danish long ball, Dodgeball warzone and volleyball this month. Grade 8 & 9 have been going to the fitness center to work out and Students' sat through a presentation on proper fitness form and technique, hydration, benefits to morning fitness routines and nutrition. Four High school students travelled to Eskasoni to participate in Co-Ed volleyball for MASH tournaments.

September was an awesome!!! Physical education this month included:

PreK to Grade 4: students played soccer and lots of new tag games including, turtle tag, sharks and minos, pirates of the Caribbean, frogs and alligators and 2 is company/3 is a crowd. Towards the end of September, students are experiencing parkour, which includes circuits that consist of balancing, jumping, throwing at a target, over and under, potato race, flips and rolls. 

Our middle school and grade 9 have played soccer and softball. Finishing September, students completed circuit training as part of active living component including dynamic and static stretching and setting fitness goals. The circuit training consists of one-minute intervals of jumping jacks, skipping, mountain climbers, bicycle crunches, push-ups, jump squats, walking lunges, and five dot jumps. 

Students will be playing basketball during October and continuing with fitness training.  

NAIG Announcements: TRYOUTS for the NAIG 2020 Badminton team. 

DATE: October 6th in Truro. 

LOCATION: Truro Elementary, 125 Curtis Drive

TIME: 12 pm to 5 pm. (arrive early). 

BRING: Please bring indoor sneakers, a badminton racquet, gym clothes, a towel and a water bottle.
NOTICE: There is no cafeteria so please bring snacks; it can be a long afternoon.

Kwe’!  My name is Ashley Julian and I will be the gym teacher until the end of December.  I am a member of the Sipekne’katik community and many of you will know my grandmother, elder Becky Julian.  In addition to a Political Science degree, I have my Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees.  As a very athletic person I enjoy playing all types of sports, especially hockey (both ice and ball).  I am excited to explore active living, outdoor activities, dance, gymnastics and sports as the physical education teacher.

Our first event will be the Terry Fox Run, which is scheduled for Friday, September 13th.  The presentation (including a short video) is scheduled for 1pm. The community walk will commence at 1:30pm (K4 to 2 – walk to the Centre and back; 3-6 – walk to Vine Street and back; 7-12 – walk to Sesame Street and back).


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