Physical Education in The King's Hospital applies a holistic approach to the concept of physical activity for young people. It recognises the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of human movement and emphasises the contribution of physical education to the promotion of individual and group well-being.
The King's Hospital has extensive facilities to provide students with the required variety of physical education pursuits, including; an indoor heated 25M swimming pool, all weather hockey pitch, tennis courts, rugby/cricket/soccer pitches and over 80 acres of green space for additional activities such as shot putt, long-jump, athletics, cross country, etc. Our state of the art fitness centre is of the highest standard and utlilised by many International and Domestic Sports Teams outside school term. It includes weight training and exercise equipment as well as indoor rowing machines. Our indoor Sports hall is designed to accomodate many fitness activities and health enrichment programmes during our PE classes and after school such as; gymnastics, badmington, basketball, volleyball, dance fitness classes, yoga, pilates, etc.
Rowing Ireland have been delivering their Get Going, Get Rowing programme in The King's Hospital throughout term one, September to December 2017. The aim of the programme is to introduce rowing to students who haven't had the chance to participate in the sport before. It teaches participants basic important rowing skills together with a fun and active curriculum. Our 1st and 2nd year students have received four rowing sessions each through their PE classes, and will also be attending a Rowing blitz where they can try rowing on water for the first time. With Rowing a growing sport at The King's Hospital, we hope that this great experience will lead to more of our students taking up Rowing through their time here. We now have an indoor rowing room in our Sports Centre with six rowing machines - see photo.
The Schools' Fitness Challenge
The Schools' Fitness Challenge aims to help secondary school students adopt a healthier lifestyle. There are three phases to the School's Fitness Challenge:
- The initital fitness test to measure current fitness levels
- A six week training programme to improve cardiovascular fitness
- a repear test to measure new fitness levels
Students run continuously running between two lines, 20 metres apart, in time to recorded bleeps. Their running speed is increased at approximately one-minute intervals. The aim is complete as many runs (known as ‘shuttles’) as possible before or as each bleep is heard. Aerobic fitness measures how efficiently the heart supplies oxygen and energy to the body.
Physical Education Department
Emma Ryan, BA, (Hons), QTS (Brunel)
Matthew Jarvis, BSc (Hons) (Exeter), GTP, QTS