Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Physical Education

Academic Year 2017-18

Head of Department:
Mrs M McCullough

Teaching Staff:
Mr P Byrne
Ms J Wilson
Mr E McCloskey

The Physical Education Programme aims to contribute to the physical, mental and social education of the students through the provision of a carefully structured scheme which reflects the aims of the College. It promotes healthy attitudes towards competition and team spirit, purposeful use of leisure time, an enjoyment of physical activity and an appreciation of its benefits both in maintaining lifelong health and fitness and in coping with stress related problems. Pupils develop a variety of skills and competence in a broad range of physical activities.

In years 8-10 (KS3) the pupils follow the NI Curriculum that includes Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, and Swimming (Y8 only) In KS4 Pupils are introduced to ‘new’ games eg Volleyball and Badminton as well as Trampolining and Adventure Activities. We offer GCSE PE to pupils in KS4 and AS/A2 Sport Studies. Sixth Form students are introduced to a range of community based activities such as Zumba, archery, Fitness Suites, spinning, badminton, Heartstart and First aid, Association football, self defence, squash, swimming, tennis, trampolining, etc; this sometimes involves the use of facilities outside school such as the local Leisure Centre and private fitness clubs. We hope that when pupils leave they will be aware of the opportunities to join clubs and leisure centres in the area, and will have been encouraged to continue physical activities in adult life.

The time allocated in the curriculum is 1 hour 10 minutes per week plus swimming in Year 8. Extracurricular activities are offered for 1 hour daily 3.25pm – 4.25pm by PE and other teaching staff .

Pupils take part in intra-school events (swimming gala, cross country, sports day, basketball, hockey, netball and football competitions) as well as entering local and regional league and cup competitions in a wide variety of activities including Gaelic Games - football, hurling, camogie, soccer, hockey, netball, tennis, swimming, basketball, rounders, badminton, dance and athletics.

External facilities to which the school has access: Leisure Centre (swimming pool, fitness suite, squash courts and large hall), University Sports facilities (astroturf pitch, cross-country course, pitches, courts, etc), local private fitness centres for organised classes such as spinning.

School Facilities include: Sports Hall with fitness suite, gymnasium, three all weather pitches, six tennis courts, one soccer and one Gaelic pitch.

As a department we encourage participation, enjoyment, healthy lifestyle and fair competition. A Healthy Body and  a Healthy Mind.