Physical Education

Physical education applies a holistic approach to the concept of physical activity for young people in our school.  It recognises the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of human movement, and emphasises the promotion of individual and group wellbeing.

The general aim of physical education is to contribute to the preparation of the student for a life of autonomous wellbeing through the development of skilful and creative performance of practical activities. We also focus as a department on the development of personal and social skills and encourage positive attitudes and values in the student’s interaction with others. Participation for students is an essential prerequisite to learning in physical education.


All junior cycle classes partake in the Junior Cycle Physical Education programme (JCPE) Over the three years they participate in seven modules; Invasion Games, Athletics, Adventure, Dance, Net and Field Games, Health Related Activity and Gymnastics.

While the Transition Year programme includes many of the modules in the JCPE programme, it places a lot of emphasis on Health Related fitness.  It also offers a variety of modules which are not readily available to other classes due to time and monetary constraints such as Self-Defence and Dance Classes. They participate in outdoor events and organised trips away such as Calingford Outdoor Adventure Centre.

For 5th and 6th year, Physical Education is optional.  It is timetabled as part of the Social and Leisure programme for seniors.  In Senior cycle PE, the emphasis is on health related fitness. The school has a wide variety of gym equipment such as treadmills, cross-trainers bikes and rowers which are integrated into the programme. The 6th years are given a chance to decide the modules they would like to do and a weekly plan is drawn up.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Stanhope Street offers a wide variety of sporting activities in the school including football, basketball and Athletics, which are held during lunchtime and after school. This year we have a first year, second year and a senior basketball team. The 1st and 2nd years start their games in the New Year and are busy training all year round. Training takes place twice a week, during lunchtime and after school on a Tuesday. Training for seniors is on a Monday and Wednesday during Lunch. New faces and beginners are most welcome during the year.  

Cross Country takes place on an annual basis and usually there are two events in the Phoenix Park during the end of January and then again in March. Training for Cross Country and Athletics is on a Thursday after school in the run up the event. Girls have been selected to participate in the event based on their results in the beep test this year. There has been a very high standard in the beep test this year and so girls have been competing for their places on the cross country team.


Aerobics is after school every Wednesday for one hour and this year we have a large number of students participating on a weekly basis. The classes are fun and focuses on students engaging in cardiovascular activities through dance exercise, boxercise, step aerobics, and circuit training to name only a few. The class focuses on strength and general good health and encourages students to get active and feel energised while enjoying the company of friends. We also have gym equipment so that students may want to do their own individual workout under the supervision of the teacher.

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