Physical Education and Sport
Physical Education, including games, is compulsory for all pupils in Years 8 to 12. Two double periods per week are allocated to sport in the curriculum and there are opportunities for participation in sport at lunchtime, after school and at weekends. There is a programme of inter-house and inter-school sporting competitions.
The aims of the school’s programme of physical education and sport are:
- To encourage and motivate all pupils to participate in physical activity and gain enjoyment from it
- To contribute to the physical development and fitness of each pupil by promoting the acquisition of skills and development of competence in a range of physical activities and by encouraging pupils with particular aptitude to develop their skills to a high level
- To contribute to the social education of the individual by providing opportunities for pupils to co-operate with one another and to gain a sense of satisfaction and achievement from participation and sporting success
- To promote in pupils an interest in, and understanding of, physical activity and its contribution to the maintenance of life-long personal health and fitness
- To contribute to the promotion of creative development and aesthetic appreciation of movement through physical activity
- To help prepare pupils to make active and purposeful judgements regarding the use of their leisure time while at and after leaving school
- To increase the awareness of parents about the value to their children of involvement in school sport, both in lessons and in out-of-class activities, and to encourage parental support for the programme out-of-class sporting activities
Facilities on the school site include a gymnasium, sports hall, three rugby pitches, two all-weather hockey pitches, cricket square, artificial cricket wicket, 400m running track, facilities for athletics field events (long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot, discus, javelin). An all-weather outdoor multi-purpose sports surface provides space for four tennis courts as well as a general training facility. In addition, the school now also has a 70m by 40m floodlit 3G sports pitch which is used for timetabled sports classes, after school clubs and community groups.
Extensive use is made of Ballymoney Borough Council’s facilities at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, including the swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, AstroTurf hockey pitch and soccer pitches. Regular use is made of the soccer pitches and tennis courts at Megaw Park and of St. James’s Church hall.
Close sporting links exist with Ballymoney Rugby Club, Ballymoney Hockey Club, Ballymoney Cycling Club and Ballymoney Blaze Volleyball Club, making full use of their facilities and coaching expertise.
The following sports are available to pupils in timetabled classes or out-of-class activities:
- Athletics (Track and Field)
- Cross Country
- Football (Boys and Girls)
- Weight Training