We need your help for our Bike unit in Grade 1!

Hi everyone,

We are introducing a bike riding unit for PE in Grade 1. We are in need of some extra bikes for the students that don’t own their own. The unit will last for four weeks, 29/10/18 – 21/11/18. We have a covered and locked storage area for the bikes while they are at school.
Please contact me, via email mmagowan@unishanoi.org, if you have a spare bike at home you’re willing for us to borrow. PE lessons for G1 are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so there is the option to bring it to school on Monday and home on Wednesday, or leave it at school for the whole 4 weeks.

K1s are ready to go!

K1s have learned all of the routines and agreements in PE. Which means we are ready for our next unit!

Starting after the break we will begin a Climbing Unit. Children will be encouraged to take risks and try climbing on different equipment around the school. While this may seems dangerous we are ready for K1’s to become courageous and challenge themselves.

Risky play is an important part of growing up. Research shows it helps build confidence, self-esteem, and resilience in children. It helps develop social skills, and teaches children how to manage risks and keep themselves safe. For more information on Risky Play check out: Outsideplay.ca

As most of this unit will be outside students need the following on PE days:
Sport Shoes or Trainers (no sandals or crocs).
Pants, shorts or the school skort (No skirts or dresses
Water bottle

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Outside PE units coming up…

After the October break, we are making the most of the beautiful Autumn weather and will be outside for the majority of our lessons.

Please make sure students come to school on PE days prepared for this. Correct PE uniform, hat, water bottle, and lastly sneakers or running shoes.

Thanks-you for your support.

Yours in Health,


Lights, Camera…. Action!!!

A big thank-you to all the Grade 3 students and parents who came to support the performances last week. The students were so proud and excited to showcase their routines and share what they have been learning and practicing in our PE lessons. If you were not able to make it for the performances, check out the videos below.

The next unit for our Grade 3 students is Athletics. This will be outside so it is important that students come to school on PE days with sneakers or suitable running shoes, along with their hat, water bottle, and PE kit. PLEASE, no crocs!


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Swimming Update

Correction: Last week there was a mistake in the dates of the K2 and Grade 1 swimming. The unit will run one week longer than stated. Our first swimming unit dates are:

Monday September 24th-  Friday October 26th. 

We are sorry for any  inconvenience this may cause.
Yours in health,

Time to Make a Splash!

Starting on Monday September 24th all students in K2 and Grade 1 will be taking part in their first swimming unit of the year. Swimming will continue until Friday October 19th. 

Our swimming program is overseen by our aquatics coordinator Mr. Hamilton. He brings with him an amazing swim system that focuses on skill progressions and water confidence, while maintaining a safe and fun environment. You can read more details on the program here.


Please make sure your child(ren) is ready to swim by sending to school:

  • swimming costume (not bikinis, swimsuits with hoods, rash vests, swim shirts)
  • goggles
  • swim cap (if hair is below shoulders)
  • towel


For more details on Swimming Expectations please read the Aquatics blog.  

If there are any special requirements for, or exclusions from, swimming over the next 4 weeks please inform Martin Hamilton as well as your child’s PE teacher.

Movement Composition Performances

Grade 3 students have been working on creating and perfecting their gymnastic routines in PE, and the time is approaching where they would like to invite all the parents to share what they have created with you. Performances will take place during PE lessons on Thursday 27th September. 3C & 3D will be starting at 1.45pm, whilst 3A & 3B will start at 2.30 in the sports centre. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Balanced and Barefoot


We have had many questions from parents and students about why PE lessons take place barefoot. Babies and toddlers are encouraged to learn to walk barefoot as padding in shoes can affect how the child uses the bones and muscles that are in their feet. As Elementary students these bones and muscles are still developing, but their opportunities to move barefoot become limited. Due to the safe environment that our facilities provide, we feel that it is a crucial opportunity for students to continue the development of these muscle groups.



Exercise Avengers!!!

Grade 1 students have been looking at how they can become ‘Exercise Avengers’, just like Captain Cardio, Speedy Steve, Super Strength, Powerful Penny, Fabulous Flex and Mindful Matt. Students have explored different physical activities and how our play spaces at UNIS provide opportunities to become, a balanced Exercise Avenger. This week students have been using the Book Creator app, to make a collection of activities that will help them become an Exercise Avenger.

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