Recreation Programs

The philosophy of our Physical Recreation Program includes the opportunity for skill development by all students through a program that fosters maximum participation. The current program was initiated in the 1970-71 school year and to this day is based on MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION aimed at serving the needs, interests, and skill level of all students regardless of ability, location and socio-economic background.
  1. To keep the primary aim of our schools as the guiding light in the operation of physical activities for our children, participation in sports programs MUST “...exist to provide an educational atmosphere which fosters the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, physical and social growth of all our students to enable them to live and contribute as responsible Catholics in any society”.  Participant behaviour during athletic pursuits must reinforce and extend this philosophy – not destroy it.  As a department, we must ensure that any barriers to implementation are addressed.
  2. To serve the total recreational needs of all students through a carefully planned program of activities which reaches the largest number of individuals, the greatest number of times and has such breadth and variety to serve all interests.
  3. To serve the recreational needs of children with physical and developmental disabilities by including them in all recreational activities and modifying events and equipment where necessary.
  4. To emphasize events and activities that will have both in-school value and later adult carry-over attraction.  These events must be sponsored and operated in such a way that the maximum in enjoyment, social value, and sportsmanship will prevail.  Health is to be carefully safeguarded at all times.
  5. To address any forces that may reduce the maximum of sociability and good will among all students and staff members participating.
  6. To monitor and evaluate the most efficient methods for arrangement of competition, encouraging competition for the fun of playing and not for possible rewards.​

Intermediate House-League "3-On-3" Basketball

3-On-3 Basketball is very similar to regular basketball, with only a few exceptions, such as the size of the court and the length of the game.
Intermediate Girls Finalists Intermediate Boys Finalists
Int. Girls FinalistsAl Taqwa Academy and Holy Rosary Int. Boys FinalistsAl Taqwa and Our Lady Immaculate
2023 Dates
Tuesday, January 31 (Intermediate Boys)
Wednesday, February 1 (Intermediate Girls)
Location: JPII Secondary School
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Junior and Intermediate

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Stronach Community Recreation Centre

Adaptive Indoor Boccia (pronounced ‘Botcha’) is very similar to Outdoor Boccia with a few modifications. It is a non-contact, target-driven sport which relies on skill and subtlety, rather than size, strength or speed and it can be played by all ages and abilities. 


The tournament is offered to Junior and Intermediate Boys and Girls. One (1) child with special needs and two (2) teammates will form a team of three (3).


Philosophy: The department of Physical Education organizes and operates this event under the philosophy of maximum participation. It is assumed that any school wishing to enter this activity will make great efforts to encourage as many children as possible to participate.


Elementary Cross Country Meet

Location: Regina Mundi College

Cross Country Meet Facts

  • Event began in 1966
  • Close to 7,000 participants from 54 schools take part each year
  • Participants are between the ages 9 & 13 (Grades 4 - 8)
  • A Fitness Walk is offered to give every student the opportunity to participate in this event​

Dance Fest is an opportunity for teachers and their students to share and celebrate dancing. Dance Fest is not a competitive situation, but rather an opportunity for an entire class of children to participate in a function designed to provide an extension to the dance taught in the instructional program. Dance Fest serves as a vehicle through which “dance ideas” can be shared in an atmosphere of joy and celebration. There is also an opportunity to integrate the Physical Education Curriculum with the Arts Curriculum.


Tentative DATES and LOCATONS:

           April 27 (St. Mary’s, Woodstock) – 10 a.m. and 12 noon start

           April 28 (St. Mary’s, Woodstock) – 10 a.m. start           

           May 1 (Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, London)

May 2 (Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, London)

May 3 (Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, London)

           May 4 (Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, London)

           May 5 (Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, London)

           May 9 (Gemini SportsPlex, Strathroy) - 10 a.m. and 12 noon start

           May 10 (Memorial Arena, St. Thomas) - 10 am start


TIME: Morning Performances 9:45 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

           Afternoon Performances 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.


Floor Hockey has a record for being one of the most popular house-leagues offered. Registrations in the tournaments have increased each year.   


2023 Tournament D​​ates: April 18, 19, 20 & 21

Location​: ​​Carling Arena 9:30 a.m.​

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Dates: February 23, 24, 27, 28, March 1, 2023
Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre 
The Educational Gymnastics Meet is planned to be a natural outgrowth of the Gymnastics Curriculum.  Therefore, it will include floor, mat and apparatus work. Educational Gymnastics, as presented in the written Physical Education Program, will be emphasized, which means that movements devised by the students as well as traditional gymnastics movements will be stressed. Of course, technique, performance and the ability to meet the required elements will be vital judging components.


The purpose of this activity is NOT to create a highly competitive situation, but rather to do the following:

1. Give students a reason to practice and perfect their gymnastic movements beyond the point that is normally demanded by the in-class situation.


2. Provide both students and teachers with the opportunity to observe students from various schools so that a wide variety of gymnastic ideas may be shared among interested people in our schools.

Swim to Survive

Beginning early January, the Department of Physical Education offers the Grade 3 "Swim to Survive" at various aquatic centres across the Board area. Priority of this program is given to grade three classes and split classes thereof. Information regarding the program is sent to schools early November.

Instructional Skating

Beginning early November, the Department of Physical Education offers an instructional skating program at local arenas. Priority of this program is given to grade five classes and split classes thereof. This program is six weeks in duration. Information regarding the program is sent to schools early October.

"Five-a-side" soccer is a House-League offered to the Junior Boys and Girls (Grades 4, 5 and 6). The game is very similar to soccer, with a few modifications. 

2019 Junior Girls Finalists 2019 Junior Boys Finalists
Junior Girls Finalists
St. Anthony Fr. Immersion & St. Nicholas
Junior Boys Finalists
Ecole Frere Andre & Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys

2022 Dates: November 1 (Junior Girls), November 2 (Junior Boys)
Location: BMO Centre
9:30 a.m. Start Time


Approximately 320 students from 20 schools participated in the 2019 Annual Elementary Recreational 5-A-Side Soccer Tournaments. Experienced and recreational players were given a chance to show their skills at the BMO Centre last week. Congratulations to all of the participants. Special thanks to all of the LEAP students from CCH who acted as referees for the tournaments.

Tchoukball encourages one aim, the avoidance of conflicts and the perfection of play. During the course of the game the players are not permitted to interfere with players of the other team; they may not intercept a pass, interfere with the person carrying the ball or stop a player from taking a shot. The defending team instead positions themselves to defend the ball against the Tchouk!

2019 Tchoukball Finalists
Tchoukball Finalists
Assumption & Sacred Heart

​Intermediate Mixed (4 Boys and 4 Girls)

November 3, 2022

BMO Centre

9:30 a.m. Start Time

Approximately 225 students from 16 schools participated in the 2020 Annual Recreational Intermediate Mixed Tchoukball Tournament. Congratulations to all of the participants. Special thanks to all of the CCH students who acted as referees for the tournament.

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This event honours Hans recognizing his twenty-five years of service in bringing recreation programming to all students in the district. As a passionate believer in maximum participation, he worked tirelessly to ensure that every student was given an opportunity to develop the physical skills that would lead to the enjoyment that comes from being part of a team. This approach to physical recreation allowed Hans to touch the lives of thousands of students over three decades. The renaming of this event means that every spring, students, parents and teachers will be reminded of Mr. Janssen’s contribution to our system, as well as his vision of a physical recreation program for all students.
Tentative 2023 Dates: May 29, 30 & 31 (Rain dates: June 1 & 5)

Junior and Intermediate Modified Volleyball​

Modified volleyball is offered to the Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Intermediate Mixed. 

2019 Intermediate Mixed Finalists 2019 Junior Girls Finalists 2019 Junior Boys Finalists
Intermediate Mixed Finalists
Sacred Heart and St. Theresa
Junior Girls Finalists
Waldorf School and St. Theresa
Junior Boys Finalists
St. Theresa and St. Theresa


2022 Tournament Dates: December 6 (Int. Mixed), 7 (Junior Boys) & 8 (Junior Girls)
Location: Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre - 9:30 a.m.