PHYSICAL FITNESS AND HEALTH
Students in both the Lower and Upper Elementary programs have a physical education class ever other day in our large, bright and well equipped gymnasium. The emphasis is on making physical activity and fitness fun while building skills for a variety of sports.
All Elementary students have a 45 minute recess each day and, weather permitting, they enjoy the use of our new natural playground which encourages active play.
Upper Elementary students also have the opportunity to participate in an intramural program held at lunch recess. This allows them to practice skills learned in phys. ed. class and further develop team skills. Upper Elementary students may be invited to participate in a sport event or a competition with other independent schools in the Ottawa area through OMS’s membership in the Ottawa Independent School Athletic Association. Students are chosen for sportsmanship, leadership, and collaborative play as much as for their athletic abilities.
OMS Montessori encourages healthy eating at all levels. Elementary students bring their own lunches and snacks most days although parents can choose to purchase healthy hot lunches three days a week from the same provider who caters to our preschool programs. Unhealthy foods and beverages are actively discouraged. Other health topics are integrated into the sciences and flow naturally from the students work with other living organisms.
If Elementary students are staying beyond the 3:45 dismissal, their supervision includes active play, outdoors when possible but otherwise in the gym.