Mrs M. McCann (Subject Leader)
Mr P. McIver
The aim of the Physical Education Department is to promote and encourage within our students a positive attitude towards sport and physical activity that should be maintained through to adulthood.
The work is delivered through a broad and balanced P.E. programme which reflects natural curriculum criteria. Should a required facility not exist in the school to aid this programme it is our policy to transport pupils to appropriate centres.
Throughout the Key Stages pupils follow units of work in games, athletics, dance, swimming and health-related physical education. These units help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to exercise independently and to perform a range of safe and effective exercises, plan training programmes and evaluate the effectiveness of such schedules on health, well-being and fitness.
The P.E. Department provides a balanced extra-curricular sporting programme which is attractive to the majority of pupils and is guided by the principle of 'inclusion for all'.
Pupils have the opportunity to participate throughout the year in established competitive structures such as camogie, hurling, gaelic football, soccer, basketball, athletics and golf. As well as developing our national games the sporting programme helps focus our pupils as committed, co-operative and responsible members of our community.
In addition to the core curriculum programme of physical education, the department also offers the opportunity to study P.E. at G.C.S.E. Level. This course requires pupils to study the theoretical aspects of physical education as well as the practical performance of particular sporting activities.
The P.E. Department also organises a ski trip every other year which proves very popular with pupils. Refurbishment work is being carried out this year to the changing rooms and to drainage of the playing field. Plans are also under way for a fitness suite in the school.