Fall 2017 will go down as one of the most exciting and memorable starts to a school year in Trinity College School’s history, with the completion of the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre. This certainly was the case for the School’s health and physical education (HPE) department. For teachers within the department (Angie Collins, Erin McGee, Luke O’Connell, Jen Powles, Trevor Clark, Matt Murray and me), this meant a brand new office as well as many new teaching venues (including classroom space, a fitness centre, two new gyms and two additional squash courts). For the students, it meant the use of these new facilities for their day-to-day classes, which has enhanced the HPE courses and provided students world-class learning spaces. There is no longer a need to share gyms and courts, as there are enough for each class to have its own space. The fitness and cardio equipment in the workout facility have provided ample opportunity to train and mentor other students during fitness units.
New learning and work spaces in the athletic centre
The new classroom and office space have been outfitted and designed with the modern-day student and teacher in mind. Ergonomic furniture that quickly and efficiently moves around to better suit the lesson or function has been a huge improvement. Many different seating options exist to promote movement either by subtly swaying in a chair, using a stationary bike chair, or adjusting the desk into a stand-up position. The opportunity to stand up, change posture, engage different muscles and move around the room has been a big enhancement to our working, teaching and learning spaces.
HPE course highlights
There have been many exciting happenings in HPE courses recently. The Grade 9 students are actively engaged through the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) model of teaching sport. The students learn the main skills and strategies of a sport, practice the skills over a number of classes, and conclude by having a professional day where they are assessed when putting all of the movements together. Additionally, the students recently completed their nutrition unit, which was highlighted by a smoothie making class. Students were able to choose the ingredients for their healthy smoothies and apply their knowledge of nutrition in a practical and tasty way.
The Travel Outdoor Education students (PAD3O-T) recently completed their second camping trip to Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, near Huntsville. The students were able to experience the Canadian wilderness with activities such as shelter building, ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The students in this course will embark on their final canoe trip in early May. The regular Outdoor Education sections (PAD3O) managed to get a few snowshoe and winter activity classes in and head to Brimacombe for their annual class ski day. Students have started to design and make their canoe paddles in preparation for their summative camping trip on the first weekend of May.
The Grade 12 Leadership course (PLF4M) continues to shape students into more effective leaders and allow them to work on their personal leadership style. Most recently, students are working on completing the National Coaching Certification Program’s “Fundamental Movement” course, which teaches coaches working with young children how to help develop their fundamental movement skills. In the spring, students in this course will be working towards their large summative assignment of leading an event for the School.
This year the department has been fortunate to have faculty intern Richard Abbott involved for classroom coverages and to help teach in a variety of subjects. Taylor Herrington ’13 has been a valuable member of the department as a residential assistant this year and it has been great to have a young alumnus back in HPE classes on the “other side of the fence.”
- By Tom Tansley, head of health & physical education
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Outdoor Education is designed to provide the opportunity for students to gain competency in outdoor and adventure skills while at the same time developing a sense of responsibility for the state of our environment and how to enjoy it responsibly. Furthermore, the course aims to develop important team work and leadership skills through activities that require effective group dynamics and trust among peers. Following ministry curriculum the students develop an idea of what it means to follow a healthy, active lifestyle through outdoor activities, as well as develop decision-making and leadership skills.
The course is run outside the regular timetable one morning a week from 7:40-8:45. Students must show an excellent level of commitment throughout the year in both the in-class preparation and on the trips. For safety reasons, it is mandatory that students attend all classes and understand that Outdoor Education is a credit course, which takes precedence over clubs, teams and other extra-curricular activities. All trips require some absence from regular school classes (7-10 days over the course of the school year). A commitment to plan ahead and not miss due dates for assignments or tests is imperative. Indication that Outdoor Education is affecting grades in other classes, or that a student is using Outdoor Education as an excuse may result in their withdrawal.
Outdoor Education is a partially self-funded course at Lisgar which means that the school board does provide some but not all the financial support to run the program. By far the most significant costs to the program are transportation for the three big overnight trips (canoeing, winter camping and hiking), park fees, facility rentals and programming costs. Students will be required to pay a one-time $180 transportation fee to cover the cost of transportation to and from field trips.
In terms of required equipment the school provides tents, skis, backpacks, and stoves. A list of personal gear that each student will require for safe participation in the course is posted on the course website:
Please insure you read, sign and have your son or daughter return the following:
1- Information and Parent Consent Form (on the reverse side of this sheet)
2- A photocopy of their Health Card
3- $180 Transportation Fee- to be paid either online at
Or by cash/cheque (cheques made out to Lisgar Collegiate Institute)
If you have any further questions about the course please feel free to contact me.
Darius Arjang, Lisgar Outdoor Education Teacher