Since man is soul and body, a complete education requires a proper balance of development between these two essential parts. This balance requires that the body, as well as the mind and spirit, be nurtured. Sports and recreation are crucial aspects of the formation and development of young people. Athletics is a means of using and developing the body that also frees the soul to perform all of its functions better.
“Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator.” Pope Pius XII
“I consider sports as an instrument of education when it fosters high human and spiritual ideals; when it forms youth in an integral way in values such as loyalty, perseverance, friendship, solidarity and peace. Surmounting differences of cultures and ideologies, sports offers an ideal occasion for dialogue and understanding among peoples, for building the desired civilization of love; to put into practice these values, based on the dignity of the human person, in face of possible interests that might darken the nobility of sports itself.” Pope John Paul II
Athletics teach the student to respect the body as something noble and good since it is a God-given gift and temple of the Holy Spirit. Sports activities, done in common and in a spirit of charity, allow for the development of the qualities necessary for adulthood and true social friendship. Also, participation in disciplined, ordered activity allows the student to learn the importance of rules and regulations in all areas of life.
As part of the curriculum at Ville de Marie Academy, students are required to participate in regular scheduled P.E. classes. P.E. classes are required for all students in Grades 1 through 4. Students in grades 5 through 12 may elect out of physical education if they are involved in sports. We presently offer competitive athletics in Girls and Boys Basketball and Girls Volleyball. In addition, high school students are required to have at least two semesters of physical education for graduation. A written note from a parent is necessary for a child to be excused from a physical education class or classes. In case of a long period of refraining from class, a doctor’s authorization is requested. All P.E. uniforms and shoes can be purchased from Dennis Uniform Company.