The Physical Education department boosts a wide range of activities to stimulate and interest pupils - athletics, badminton, basketball, football, gymnastic, health related fitness, hockey, netball. rugby league, rugby union, tennis, unihoc and volleyball. All pupils will follow a PE programme while pupils in Year 10 will have the opportunity to select the subject as a GCSE option. Year 8 and 9 pupils have 3 periods per week while Year 10-12 pupils have 2 periods. Pupils also have the opportunity to play in school teams against other schools. The school competes in leagues in both Hockey (girls) and football (boys). There are also various friendly games in rugby and netball at stages throughout the year.
The main aim of the department is to raise the profile of general fitness throughout the school. To do this we encourage the pupils to perform to their maximum ability within the Physical Education lessons, also to try to involve themselves in at least one extra-curricular activity. Directly related to these fundamental issues, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet and understand the importance of getting adequate sleep. This will ensure that all pupils in Newtownhamilton High School live a healthy lifestyle and be able to perform to their maximum ability in school.
Pupils who select GCSE PE as an option choice will cover the CCEA Revised Specification for first award in 2019 (linear).
Practical element = 50% of the final grade
Theory element = 50% of the final grade
Pupils will have 4 periods a week of this subject and will divided into theory and practical classes. Depending on the time of year sometimes classes will focus solely on theory as practical assessment can take place on an extra-curricular basis. It is essential that the pupil in this subject have excellent levels of fitness and a keen interest in sports both in and out of school. Pupils will undergo the full course element of the subject which entails:
Component 1: Factors Underpinning Health and Performance (1h 15min paper)