I’m excited that our students…

  • Mastered kicking a ball (kindergarten).
  • Students work together in teams toward a specific goal, for example, to collect and shoot as many basketball as possible (elementary school).
  •  Students work collaboratively in groups of 3 to create a tumbling routine and present the routine to the class (middle school).
  • Students learn about how their bodies are created from cells to make tissue, organs, and systems. Students also learn how to steward their bodies to better serve God in His world (high school).

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches physical education from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created us as whole people (physical as well as spiritual) in a physical creation, declared it all very good, and set a pattern alternating work with rest. He did this so we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin we idolize or fail to appreciate and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): In becoming human, Jesus affirmed the goodness of physical life. In dying and rising again, He freed us from the power of sin so that we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The PE/Health Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students to develop skill in movement, to appreciate and steward the health and fitness of the body God has given them, and to collaborate with others.