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St Andrew's College Dublin St Andrew's College Dublin

Curriculum

Physical Education

The physical education programme provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. The Physical Education Curriculum provides a balanced range of activities for children and encourages schools to adopt a flexible approach in planning for PE.

We aim to give each individual child a maximised learning experience benefiting them in their development during class.

We prioritise enjoyment and play, development of skills and understanding, provision of competitive and non- competitive activities, experiences of contact and non- contact activities, providing students with individual and team experiences, maximising participation of all the students in activities, allowing experiences of achievement for the student, challenging and developing the abilities and knowledge of the students, and ensuring activities are equally suitable for all abilities of girls and boys.

Assessment

Student assessment within the class environment takes place through individual tests within class time, based on the individual student, which encourages personal improvement and development. These are fun tests which allow the student to observe personal achievements during the year when they successfully improve on their own personal results.

This is done through bleep tests, individual timed tests on motor skill development, cross country, agility course tests and orienteering.

Extra- Curricular

The extra- curricular programme complements the students in their academic and social development. It provides the students with the opportunity to further develop by participating and acquiring proficiency in activities which are outside the normal class environment of the school.

Enjoyment is the most important objective in the organisation of these activities.  It is vital that the children enjoy what they are doing, that they participate to the best of their ability. They will then experience the truth of the old maxim, 'You only get out of life what you put into it'. All extra-curricular activities take place after the normal school day has finished and are entirely voluntary. 

The activities we offer include, rugby, tag rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis, athletics, rounders, ‘playball’, and Irish dancing.

Each year the students participate in the boys and girls sections of the Leinster schools hockey leagues. The rugby teams participate in rugby matches throughout the year against other schools. We also enter competitions in swimming, tennis, basketball, golf, athletics and soccer.