Physical Education Department
Physical education has a distinct and unique contribution to the development of the ‘whole’ person in the physical, mental, social, emotional and moral domains. The study of Physical Education provides the opportunity for our students to develop an understanding of their body systems, respect for other cultures and develops cooperative relationships with others in the physical environment.
The PE department staff guarantees that every pupil will:
- Be valued and experience a welcoming, safe and secure PE environment
- Be set high expectations and challenged to achieve their ‘personal best’
- Experience high quality, planned PE and sport program, that will provide them with a wide range of experiences
- Know how well they are doing and how to progress further
- Have purposeful, worthwhile and rewarding experiences in PE and sport
Physical Education strives to contribute to:
- An understanding of the moral and cultural dimensions of education by offering a whole range of PE activities through cooperative and competitive situations with others.
- Health related fitness education through developing fitness and physical development as an integral part of the PE program as a ‘fitness focus’ in all physical activities.
- Health education through knowledge and understanding of physical activity and its contribution to the maintenance of life long personal health and fitness.
- The purposeful use of leisure time through offering extracurricular opportunities, relevant sports community links and information that encourage participation beyond the PE lesson.
- Develop positive attitudes of sportsmanship, perseverance, commitment, courage, graciousness, leadership and inter dependence in our students.
- To the assessment for learning processes, by giving opportunities for the pupils to make informed judgments about their own and others’ performance for improvement
Ms J Donnelly (Head of PE)
Mr J Cassidy
Mr O Kearney
Mr C Herron
Mrs C Black
Mrs U Kelly
In KS3 PE, the department follows guidelines in the NI Revised Curriculum and pupils receive 5 PE lessons over the two week timetable.
Sports offered –
Boys - hurling, gaelic, soccer, rugby, badminton, athletics, tennis, volleyball, fitness activities, unihoc, trampoline, cross country, gymnastics and basketball.
Girls – camogie, netball, badminton, athletics, rounders, tennis, fitness activities, unihoc, trampoline, cross country, dance, gymnastics and basketball.
They are assessed in PE Levels – 3-8 and cover 8- 10 physical activities annually. At the end of every year, inclusive of end of KS3, students are given a PE level based on an average of their 4 ‘best’ sports.
Curricular PE Program
In KS3 PE, the department follows guidelines in the NI Revised Curriculum and pupils receive 3 PE lessons over the two week timetable.
They are assessed in PE grades – A*- D and cover 8- 10 physical activities annually. At the end of every year, inclusive of end of KS4, students are given a PE level based on an average of their 4 ‘best’ sports.
The sports offered are based on staff expertise as well as pupil interest -
Boys - hurling, soccer, gaelic, rugby, badminton, athletics, tennis, volleyball, fitness suite, circuits and basketball.
Girls – camogie, netball, badminton, athletics, rounders, tennis, fitness suite, unihoc, handball, trampoline, aerobics, trampoline and basketball.
Pupils do AQA Full course with allocation of 6 lessons over the two week timetable to cover the 60% practical component (inclusive of analysis of performance coursework) and 40% theoretical component based on exam at the end of year 12.
Pupils can choose this course which is 6 lessons over the two week timetable to cover 100% coursework units.
Post 16 PE
Students have a choice of the following courses in POST 16 PE:
BTEC Sport single and double award – all coursework based
Edexcel A level PE
AS Year 13: Unit 1 Exam. 1hr30min (Exercise Physiology & Development of Sport).
Unit 2 Coursework (Performer, Leader, Analysis of Performance, Local & National Study)
Students also attain the ‘leadership component’ of this course through doing the ‘Level 2 in Community Sports Leadership Award’ where leadership skills are developed through the medium of sport.
A2 Year 14: Unit 3 Exam. 1hr30min (Psychology, Physiology, Technical Developments & Elite Sporting Systems).
Unit 4 Coursework (International Study, Life Plan, Performer and Development Plan)
CPC has a reputation and a long tradition of being very successful in sport, in many games as well as in athletics.
The PE Department offers a very varied extra curricular program to our students, which is balanced through the competitive opportunities as well as the social and recreational.
Students have the opportunity to, not only progress in their sports skills and knowledge, but can also exploit leadership opportunities through assisting the coaches in sports clubs. There really is something for everyone!
Fitness Suite/ Activities