Physical Education


Mr R Sullivan (Subject Co-ordinator)
Ms S Jones
Mr A Malin
Mr S Tevlin
Mr R Walker (Career Break)

In 2013, The High School was awarded the Active School Flag. This means we are one of only ten secondary schools in the country to have achieved this recognition. As part of the process an Active Week is organised by the Physical Education Department and a student Active Flag Committee every year. Lunchtime activities are organised at Junior Cycle and alternative activities for students during their Physical Education classes at Senior Cycle.

Subject Overview 

Physical Education applies a holistic approach to the concept of physical activity for young people. It recognises the physical, mental, emotional and social domains of human movement, and emphasises the contribution of physical activity to the promotion of individual and group wellbeing.

The subject incorporates the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes central to physical education and recognition of its potential for integration with other curriculum areas. The general aim of physical education is to contribute to the preparation of the student for a life of autonomous wellbeing. (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment)

Through studying Physical Education at The High School pupils are afforded opportunities to develop personally, socially, and physically through participation in an array of physical activities in a safe, inclusive, broad and well-balanced programme.

Further outcomes include the reinforcement and additional development of knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies acquired at primary level; the promotion of positive attitudes towards physical activity; and an appreciation of the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle Physical Education (JCPE) syllabus within The High School is co-ordinated and delivered in conjunction with JCPE guidelines set by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Pupils are provided opportunities to participate in a variety of physical activity experiences within a broad and well-balanced curriculum in the following JCPE areas;

•    Adventure Activities – Teambuilding Tasks/Activities, Orienteering, Rock Climbing/Abseiling, Kayaking, Low Rope Course and Archery.

•    Athletics – Track and Field Events; Short and Middle Distance Running, Javelin, Discuss, Shot Putt, Long and High Jump.

•    Dance – Modern & Creative Dance.

•    Field Games – Basketball, Hockey, and Soccer.

•    Striking/Net Games – Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Table Tennis, Handball, Softball, Volleyball and Badminton.

•    Gymnastics – Educational Gymnastics and Vaulting.

•    Health-Related Activities – Functional Movement and Mobility Exercises,  Fitness Testing, Components of Fitness, Warm Up/Cool Down Exercises, Static and Dynamic Stretching.  

For further information regarding the Junior Cycle Physical Education syllabus please click here.

Transition Year

The High School Dublin’s Transition Year Physical Education syllabus aims to deliver a programme that affirms and recognises pupils' achievement at Junior Cycle with the aim of providing further opportunities for pupils to progress and develop their knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes towards physical activity.

The program of study entails a continuation of the JCPE modules accompanied with the opportunity for students to engage in new physical activity experiences in the following areas:

•    Certified Coaching Qualification from a number of National Governing Bodies such as Basketball Ireland, Irish Hockey Association, and Cricket Ireland.

•    Certified First Aid Qualification from the American Heart Association.

•    Outdoor Pursuits Overnight Camping Excursion with Basic Camp Craft and Adventure Activities.  

•    Additional Activity Modules - Tag Rugby and Pilates.

•    Active School Week Organisation/Participation

Senior Cycle

The High School’s Senior Cycle Physical Education syllabus provides further opportunities for pupils to engage in activities with the aim of promoting and developing a physical activity-for-life approach. The programme incorporates current and new educational experiences in the following areas;  

•    Team Challenges

•    Health & Fitness Related Activities with an emphasis on lifelong activities – Strength & Conditioning, Circuit Training, and Personal Programming.

•    Senior Cycle Activity Modules – Basketball, Badminton, Handball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Indoor Hockey, Gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, Tag Rugby, and Pilates

For further information regarding the Senior Cycle Physical Education Curriculum please click here.

Career Opportunities

•    Teaching                                                                     •    Outdoor Education
•    Lecturing                                                                     •    Sports Coaching
•    Armed Services                                                          •    Sports Management
•    Nutritionist                                                                  •    Dietician
•    Gardaí                                                                          •    Sports Professional
•    Physiotherapy                                                             •    Journalism in Sport
•    Sports Psychologist                                                   •    Sports Development Officer
•    Physical Therapist                                                      •    Youth Officer