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At CFIS, we support students of all ages to embrace an active lifestyle by:

  1. Providing experiences that allow students to acquire and develop their skills through myriad developmentally appropriate activities;
  2. Allowing students to experience, understand, and appreciate the health benefits of physical activity; 
  3. Learning to cooperate and interact positively with others; and
  4. Coaching students on how to assume life-long responsibility for leading an active lifestyle.

Elementary program

The aim of CFIS’s elementary physical education program is to enable children to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

The program is based on four general outcomes:

1. Activity: Students will acquire skills through a variety of developmentally appropriate movement activities: games, gymnastics, individual activities and activities in an alternative environment (e.g. Aquatics and outdoor pursuits). Basic skills learned are locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative.

2. Benefits to health:  Students will understand, experience and appreciate the health benefits that result from physical activity. Basic skills learned and topics covered include functional fitness, well-being and body image.

3. Co-operation: Students will interact positively with others. Skills include communication, fair-play, leadership and teamwork. 

4. Do it daily for life: Students will assume personal responsibility for leading an active life. Skills learned and topics covered include effort, safety, personal challenge and active living. Each general outcome has grade-specific outcomes that ensure continuity in student learning across all grades. Students are evaluated using the following strategies: checklists, analytic rating scale, the scoring guide/rubric, observations and questions.

The following is a list of activities performed during the course of the year:

  • Co-operative games
  • Soccer
  • Jogging
  • Basketball
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Ringette
  • Gymnastics
  • Mission Impossible
  • Omnikin-Ball
  • Tennis
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Volleyball
  • Scooter board
  • Badminton
  • Pillo polo
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Jump rope
  • Fitness
  • Dancing
  • Track and field
  • High and long jumps
  • Hurdles and races
  • Frisbee
  • Kickball
  • Tee ball 
  • Softball

Secondary Division athletics

Students in grades 7 through 9 take part in four 55-minute physical education classes in a six-day school cycle. Most of these classes are held in the Secondary Division gym. Classes also venture outside when weather and field scheduling permit and go off the campus to try new activities.  

Favourite off-site activities include curling (Grade 8), wall climbing (Grade 9) and Winter Pursuits Day (a trip to Lake Louise for skiing and snowboarding or to Kananaskis for snowshoeing).  

Although we continue to expose the students to traditional school sports (e.g. Volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer and track), The CFIS curriculum also includes units in Omnikin-Ball, dance, handball, ultimate, softball and flag football. 

Students in grades 10 through 12 also receive 55-minute classes four days of the six-day cycle. 

The aim of the program for Grade 10, 11 and 12 students is to explore recreation activities in and around our community and city, so that students can find an activity or activities that they can incorporate into their lives after graduation to maintain an active lifestyle. As such, many of the programs will be held off campus.  

Grade 7 to 9 athletics

CFIS is a member of the Calgary Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA). As such, there are many opportunities for CFIS students to become involved in athletics. 

CFIS participates in seven sport seasons organized by the CISAA. 

Grade 10 to 12 athletics

Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 have opportunities to participate in the CISAA league competitions, held on Mondays and Wednesdays. When numbers permit, team sports will be offered; otherwise, CFIS students can compete in golf, cross-country, badminton and track. Students in higher grades also have opportunities to develop their leadership skills through officiating duties, coaching of junior teams, and assisting in tournament organization.