Physical Education at Ashbury

Physical education plays a vital role in a student's development and growth. According to recent medical studies, the physical well-being of a student is directly related to his/her academic performance

The goal of the Ashbury Physical Education and Co-curricular program is to foster physical literacy skills and ability through a wide variety of sports and activities. Classes focus on instilling the values of health and fitness, teamwork, leadership and commitment that are an essential part of maintaining lifelong participation in these activities.

Students participate in a various sports depending on grade level and the season. For intramural competition, students play for their House. A general list of sports is shown below; however, some activities may be added or omitted as the year progresses.

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Floorball
  • Badminton
  • Rock Climbing
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Track and Field
  • Games of low organization


  • Sport forms a valuable and unique dimension in the educational experience of youth, providing conditions that promote the development of personal strength, discipline, motivation, and integrity.
  • Sport gives students a chance to test and challenge themselves mentally and physically.
  • Sport provides exercise and a break from the rigour of academic preparation. Participation encourages a lifelong pursuit of good health and fitness.
  • Sport allows students an opportunity to discover an avenue for success, as well as memories that will stay with a player throughout life.
  • Team sports provide the opportunity for our students to develop cooperation by stressing the importance of teamwork and striving for common goals that require group actions, assessment, adaptation and effort.
  • Sport provides students with the opportunity to represent their school (at various levels), extending to the athlete a sense of belonging and success within the school community.
  • Sport gives students the opportunity to travel locally, nationally and internationally, allowing the players to meet new people and experience different cultures.

To ensure optimal student satisfaction, we ask that parents:

  • be realistic about their child’s strengths;
  • support their child’s efforts regardless of the level of their developing talents;
  • reinforce the school’s values of respect, fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, diligence, leadership and compassion;
  • respect referees’, coaches’, and club facilitators’ decisions (team strategies, play calling, playing time, penalties, etc.).
  • discourage physical and verbal aggression;

The Games and Physical Education programs

Overall physical fitness with an emphasis on cardiovascular conditioning is an integral part of the Ashbury education and is compulsory in the Junior School. The program is divided into two basic components: Physical Education and Games. Each student participates in both aspects regularly within the normal school day. Physical Education (PE) is a skills-oriented course focussing on physical literacy. PE classes are small, and individual attention is frequent. Each grade level has four PE periods in an eight-day cycle. Students in Grades 4 to 8 also complete a health component as part of the PE program. Games are a mix of competitive and recreational activities that consist of larger groups.

Often, students are given a choice of which Games options they would like to participate in each term. This is announced during Monday assemblies and then a sign-up system is used to generate specific lists. Parents are asked to ensure that their children have the necessary equipment before the start of each new sports season.

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724