Physical Education Department
In accordance with the NI Curriculum, the Physical Education department aims to ensure that each pupil will:
- realise their full potential in PE
- gain and refine a range of physical skills and techniques through frequent and regular participation in a balanced programme of physical activity
- increase their knowledge and understanding of physical activity and learn to prioritise health and fitness for current and future lifestyles
- develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as self-esteem, self-confidence, discipline and perseverance
- interact and co-operate with others, working towards common goals, and developing a sense of fair play, tolerance and empathy for others
- develop a community conscience and contribute to whole school life through participating in the extra-curricular sports programme
- where appropriate, achieve in public examinations and gain access to higher education
- become aware of career opportunities through PE
The department aims to contribute to the physical development of each pupil through the promotion of skill acquisition and competence in a range of physical activities, such as:
- Health Related Fitness
- Gaelic Games
Within the College facilities include indoor gym, playground, and newly installed Fitness Suite.
The College also uses Downpatrick Cricket Club, Downpatrick Hockey Club and Downpatrick Leisure centre when students are working off-site.
At the Key Stage 4 level, students can choose to pursue the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport. This certification provides a solid foundation in the exploration of sports and exercise, and numerous students have progressed to undertake BTEC Level 3 at SERC or other educational institutions.
Students are offered the chance to participate in a variety of sports, including Football, Rugby, Cricket, and Gaelic Games. The college maintains close partnerships with several local clubs, such as Downpatrick Cricket Club and Ballynahinch Rugby Club, who regularly contribute to school activities.