The Physical Education Department are currently reviewing the P.E. Curriculum and also the provision of extracurricular activities as part of the application for the Active School flag. Please see www.activeschoolflag.ie for more details.
In addition to participating in a broad, balanced and inclusive P.E. and extracurricular programme, it would be envisaged that students would improve their activity levels outside of school time with encouragement from parents, family and friends. For example, walking /cycling to and from school, if living locally, is a very easy way to improve activity levels and fitness.
The nation’s health and obesity levels are currently under examination and the results show that improvements are needed. In our P.E. classes, the levels of fitness recorded from the bleep test range from very good to very poor. In our class groups, approximately half the students participating in the bleep test fail to reach the required standard for their age and gender. It is obvious, that those students require more vigorous exercise, and more often than one 80 minutes P.E. class will allow for.
We hope to have an ‘Active School Week’ taking place later in the term where novelty activities will be taking place that students can participate in. Many thanks to our colleagues from other subject areas who are assisting us in organising this.