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International School Suva

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Physical Education and Sports


Physical Education and Sports


International School Suva does participate in a number of team and inter-school sports competitions. Over the years our school has produced many national championship teams and individuals. 


Basketball Primary: ISS primary competed in the first Primary Basketball competition held by Fiji Basketball in 2011 with many of the games being hosted at ISS. Our under 12 students were coached by Fiji Basketball development officers to develop the skills of the students and to assist in the development of teachers to become coaches. Despite there being no formal competition at present being run by Fiji Basketball, the interest in the sport continues in the primary school with training sessions being held at lunchtime. Lunchtime Interhouse competitions will start in Term 3. Large ball skills that relate to netball and basketball are developed in the primary PE program.


Secondary basketball: Our secondary section has both boys and girls participating in the school competitions. Teams are often coached by Fiji Basketball development officers, teachers and parents. The major Fiji Secondary schools competition is generally held in term 3 in Suva. ISS fields 3 boys’ teams and, if numbers allow, three girls’ teams. Being part of the team is highly regarded by students who are required to buy their own named uniform which follows them through their time at school and in the school team. The team name SPARTANS has been adopted by the players. Despite often being considered an underdog by many local schools in a number of other sports, ISS is ranked in the top three schools for basketball. Fitness and large ball skills that relate to netball and basketball are taught in the secondary PE program. Interhouse competitions are run during lunchtimes in terms 2 and 3. Training for the basketball teams generally starts in term 2.  


Rugby Kaji: International School Suva competes in Under 9, Under 10, Under 11 and Under 14 grades of the Suva Primary schools Kaji (“small”) Rugby competition, when numbers permit. These rugby teams are coached by our primary teachers, and dedicated parents. They train after school and compete in the Suva Kaji Rugby competition which is held during our second term. A number of ISS players have been selected over the years to represent Suva Schools in the Fiji Kaji competition in the U13 and U 14 grades. This year participation in The Suva Kaji Competition did not happen due to a limited numbers of students wishing to play.


Netball girls: Our Primary netballers generally compete in the Nasinu Zone of the primary school tournament.  The girls train during lunchtimes with teacher coaches and after school with senior sports studies students and parent helpers. The tournaments occur towards the end of term 1 and run through most of term 2 with the competition matches being held on Saturday mornings.


The secondary girls who are interested in playing netball are encouraged to join local clubs. They then train with club coaches and participate in the local club competitions. The season runs from the end of March to August. Students who take this option need to have a commitment to training, and will therefore enjoy better organized and officiated competition. Players can be selected to represent their district at National and are also eligible for selection to National teams. Students could also be selected by the school to represent the school in the National Secondary Schools Competition. Players pay a membership fee to their club.

Mens/Boys Netball.

 This is a secondary competition. ISS participated for the first time last year and came second in the National Championships after winning the Suva competition.  In 2015 the school has fielded two men’s netball teams and are already looking to qualify again for the National Championships,


Swimming Secondary and Primary: Fiji Schools’ national Swimming Championships is the major swimming competition for all schools. This is generally held late May or June in our second term. Each school is only allowed to field two swimmers per event per age and gender. Students to represent the school are chosen after the ISS Interhouse swimming competitions. Each year level from reception grade to year 10 learns swimming as part of their P.E studies. Every four years the Pacific School Games are held in Australia, and Fiji Schools Swimming usually sends an enthusiastic team across. Those who are selected must have placed in the Fiji National Schools Swimming Championships. This year, thirteen students from ISS qualified for the Pacific School Games which will be held in Adelaide, South Australia. They will represent Fiji Schools.

 Primary have their inter-house swimming competition in term 2 while secondary hold the inter-house in early term 2.


Athletics Secondary: Known as possibly the biggest sporting event in Suva-apart from the Rugby! Coke-a-cola games are the secondary school athletic championship event. These games are held in at the end of term 1. Students are often chosen at beginning of the school year. Each year level in secondary participates in athletics as part of their P.E studies. The inter-house for years 6-12 is held in middle of term 1. Winners from this are placed in the Suva zone; those who place are often chosen for the Suva team that competes in the Coke-a-cola games. 


Athletics Primary: The primary athletic games are also just as big as the secondary games, they are held in our term 4. Students in years 3-6 participate in athletics during sport P.E in term 3. Our inter-house is held in term three with those with quick times and long distances competing in the Suva Zone.  The Suva Zone is rather large so after winning this zone, competitors must again compete in the combined Suva Zone; from here they advance to the Chow games-Primary athletic school competitions.  


Kaji Hockey: Once again our Primary students are involved in Hockey. They train after school with a large support of parents and teacher coaches. Competitions for this sport are held on Saturdays against other schools around Suva. Many students try out for the Hockey schools team.


Primary Soccer:  Our Primary school students are involved in friendly games held with other local schools. We have a very committed parent base of coaches who train after school. Many of our young secondary students are also involved and enjoy playing in parent teacher matches.



Physical Education

This course reflects the multi dimensional nature of Health, Outdoor and Physical Education in the context of a diverse and changing society. These areas engage young people in developing active, balanced and healthy lifestyles using a comprehensive body of specific knowledge, principles and concepts. Participation in a wide range of activities provides opportunities to develop practice and apply appropriate skills and knowledge in varied and challenging environments.


Years 9 and 10


Sports Studies @ ISS


The Sports Studies in Years 11 and 12 aims to develop the following qualities and skills.

Students are expected to :


  • understand and appreciate the intellectual, physical, social, cultural and emotional factors which influence participation in physical activity, and sport
  • develop their knowledge of factors which contribute to and influence sports performance
  • understand through study and analysis and/or participation in a variety of appropriate physical, and sporting activities the need for physical activity and the benefits associated with a physically active life
  • develop effective social, personal and communication skills through their participation in and/or study of physical, and sporting activities
  • develop their knowledge and awareness of lifestyle options
  • increase their awareness of the sporting opportunities and facilities available in the community
  • analyse and evaluate factors which affect human physical performance, and participation in physical activity
  • gain formal local sports coaching and administration qualifications.



This course is designed for a wide range of students who have an interest in physical activity, personal fitness, sport and recreation. Students who wish to gain experience in sports coaching and administration will also find the course provides opportunities to gain experience in these fields.

Combining theory and a practical approach, this course focuses on encouraging students to develop an understanding of and an interest in personal fitness, coaching and sports administration.

A practical coaching and leadership component is a feature of the course and meets the needs of those students wishing to do the course as part of their ACT Tertiary Entrance Package.

Students can become a valuable community resource as a result of their participation in sports administration and coaching units.

The course is a two year course to be done in Year 11 and 12 and incorporates the following topics.



Unit 1 Sports Coaching

Unit 2 Sports Administration, Business and Marketing

Unit 3 Social Issues in Sport and Skill Acquisition.

Unit 4 Sports, Recreation and Health in Australia


Students are expected to attend sporting fixtures and events in weekends and outside of school hours; they also will be expected to officiate at different events during the year as part of the course.



Outdoor Education @ ISS

The Outdoor Education in Years 11 and 12 aims to develop the following qualities and skills.

Students are expected to :


  • Gain experience in a range of learning activities related to a variety of outdoor environments
  • Develop specific fitness and appropriate skills and knowledge in a range of outdoor recreation activities
  • Select and use equipment and techniques
  • Gain awareness of potential hazards and risks in the outdoors
  • Develop a sense of responsibility towards other people and an awareness of the need for group members to be able to rely on each other
  • Learn about the natural environment
  • Develop a positive and committed attitude towards the environment and its conservation
  • Develop the skills needed to live and travel with minimum impact in the outdoor environment


Whilst there are no formal prerequisites, a strong interest and individual commitment are essential. Field trip and practical session participation may involve time outside of the regular timetable. Students may be involved in activities that are physically, emotionally or interpersonally challenging.

Outdoor education includes any learning experience in which the outdoor environment takes a direct and indispensable role in the learning process. It provides the opportunity for students to participate in activities that enhance the growth of personal and social skills, promote the development of environmental awareness and enable the acquisition of skills related to outdoor education. Because of the strong experimental nature of outdoor activities, challenging demands are often placed upon the personal and social skills of each individual. In response, students generally strengthen their self-concept and develop a greater sense of caring and responsibility towards others.



As Outdoor Education is a combined Year 11 and 12 class and the following units are taught on a cyclical basis:

  • Fundamentals and the Ocean (Practical component assessed is SCUBA diving)
  • Wilderness and the Bush (Practical component assessed is Hiking and Camping)
  • Leadership and Rock (Practical component assessed is Caving)
  • Risk Management and Rivers (Practical component assessed is Kayaking)


The Outdoor Education course has an equal emphasis on practical and theoretical assessments. Practical assessment focuses on end point demonstrated performance levels of skills and participation. Theoretical assessment focuses on environmental analysis, conceptual evaluation and in depth research.

As Outdoor Education is a combined Year 11 and 12 class the following units are taught on a cyclical basis: